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Hopper-mimicking Leaf Roller Moth - Dudua siderea

Family Tortricidae

This page contains pictures and information about Hopper-mimicking Leaf Roller Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 10mm
Photos taken in Anstead Forest on Apr 2009. Does this moth mimic planthopper? The faked head is on the other side of the real head. There are even the faked legs near the base. What is the benefit of mimicking a planthopper? Well, planthopper is fast moving. Most predators will not bother to approach them. There are quite a number of different insects mimic planthopper.   
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This is also an example of Self Mimicry. Self mimicry is a term for animals that have one body part that mimics another to increase survival during an attack or helps predators appear innocuous to allow the prey extra seconds to escape. This moth's tail mimic the planthopper head. Predator usually attach the critical body part first, may be head or eyes. The moth in the above photo has the broken wings. It may have save its life some times ago.   
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Nov 2007, Karawatha Forest, Dentata Trail

1. Leaf Roller Moth -, by Nick Monaghan, 2006.
2. Dudua siderea (Turner, 1916)  - by Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2008. 
3. Dudua siderea (Turner) -, by Todd Gilligan, 2008.

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