Ribbon Cape-moth
Male (S3), dorsal
Ellura
Ribbon Cape-moth
Male (S3), anterior
 
    
Ribbon Cape-moth (Amelora belemnophora)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Insect (Insecta)
Order: Moth Butterfly (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometroidea Geometridae)
Species: Ribbon Cape-moth (Amelora belemnophora)
This Photo:     Male (S3), profile

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Interestingly we have only found males so far. Specimens 3 & 4, shown here, are rather different. S4 is probably fresh, with little scale loss. Whereas S3 is quite worn. Regardless, S4 is a darker morph which also shows in the darker edging under both wings. S3 is also quite a bit smaller at ~10mm body length (~26mm wingspan), with S4 at ~12mm body length (~32mm wingspan). S7 is in-between and showed it's hindwing rather nicely. We present S3 & S4 fully to help show the normal variations you can see with moths within one species. In profile, you can see the missing scales of S3 make them look quite different.
Don Herbison-Evans had some fascinating insights. He suggests the size difference is due to different food sources and sent us his link Sizing
He then said the emerging adult "pumps blood through its veins to expand the wings. Some pump a little and some pump a lot depending on previous nutrition etc. Once the wings are pumped, they dry, and then the blood in the wing veins sets solid to support the membranes. So some individuals end up with bigger wingspans than others". Fascinating, thanks Don

Copyright © 2017 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 15-May-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species