Flame Geometrid
S8 Male: dorsal - scruffy
Ellura
Flame Geometrid
S5 Female: dorsal
 
    
Flame Geometrid (Paramelora lychnota)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Macariini)
Species: Flame Geometrid (Paramelora lychnota)
This Photo:     S9 Male: dorsal
Synonym: Paramelora ammophila?

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Head & body ~11mm, wingspan ~14mm.
Males are obviously bipectinate (ie very long pectinations), while females are filiform and have a tendancy to loose antennae.
This species is very variable in both line shape and colour. Notice in S7 the dark line towards the back of the wing is much flatter than the other specimens. Similarly S8 appears almost hairy compared to the others. Looking at the DNA bin for this species on Bold, we can see that a number of different species (even Dichromodes) are found in this bin (ie so close to be considered one species). As such, the variation is extensive; far more than shown here. Atlas still shows P. ammophila as a species, yet no records for it. Perhaps the DNA work has thrown into question their placement and work needs to be done to properly understand what is going on.
Found 8 males & 2 females, from June to mid September.

Copyright © 2018- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Aug-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.