Apologies - forgot to say - this picture was taken by my cousin who lives in Zimbabwe. The moth was apparently trying to "probe his ear" - about the size of a large woman's thumbnail - his words not mine
Thanks so much - I will send that on to my cousing
(To be honest, I was quite pleased with myself for being able to ID that one!)
well I did not even know where to look which is why I thought of you guys - and certainly none of his contempories in Zim seemed to be able to help - I gather that for such a small moth it apparently gave him quite a scare - much amusement all round!!
Re 'scare': he'd better watch out for the big ones then (and other things such as lantern flies)
I live in Cyprus, so I am part-way to Africa in a sense, and it does mean that some of the moths I record here have the majority of their distribution in Africa. We have quite a few relatives (subfamily Spilomelinae) of your moth here, so that was able to get me part-way there. But do make a note of the African Moths web site; it is one of the best for, well, African moths.