Hook-Tip Leaf Moth

Hook-Tip Leaf Moth

Common Name: Hook-Tip Leaf Moth

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Drepanidae

Looking like a decomposing leaf, this hook-tip moth has a central rib marking to mimic the vein of a leaf. The leaf metaphor is strengthened by the smooth sinuous curve of the forewing edge, unpunctuated by the head. This moth was photographed on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, formally Celebes. This island has particular natural history significance as the point at which species typical of Australian meet with species typical of Asia. This phenomena was first discovered by Darwin’s contemporary, Wallace and the are has been named Wallacia.