Saltbush Cutworm
S2: Ventral, thinner, worn above
Ellura
Pale Cutworm
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Pale Cutworm (Ectopatria virginea?)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Noctuinae)
Species: Pale Cutworm (Ectopatria virginea?)
This Photo:     Dorsal

Thank you Peter Marriott for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
Peter said it's a tentative id at this stage.
The only specimen we found, in October, was already dead and appears to have been killed by a parasite in it's side (see the ventral view).

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Oct-2014
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.