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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
The Unexpected
Pentobesa inexpectata  THIAUCOURT, 2008
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - NOTODONTIDAE
subfamily - NYSTALEINAE
Tribe -
Pentobesa inexpectata, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
I had the good fortune to spot this splendid moth, perfectly disguised as a broken twig, at rest in a small forest glade near Satipo, and I later found another at Velo de la Novia. It is a very recently discovered species, first described to science in 2008 from a specimen caught in Ecuador.
There are 18 known species in the genus Pentobesa, variously distributed from the USA to Bolivia.
Habitats
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest habitats at altitudes between about 500-1800m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The moth folds its wings very tightly around its body when at rest, and strongly resembles a piece of dead twig.

Pentobesa inexpectata, Velo de la Novia, Peru  Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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