Mini Owlet Moth
S1: ventral
Ellura
Black Noctuid
Caught in a web
 
    
Mini Owlet Moth (Mataeomera sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Acronictinae)
Species: Mini Owlet Moth (Mataeomera sp)
This Photo:     S4: ventral

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
S1 ~8mm long, ~18mm wingspan
S2 ~7mm long, ~15mm wingspan
S3 ~8mm long, ~22mm wingspan
S4 ~7mm long, ~20mm wingspan
All 4 sightings have different wing patterns & varying palp length. When we checked the MoV cds (Moths of Victoria) and found how variable they are, and need reworking, we couldn't work out which was which; they could all be one, or 4 different species.
We couldn't tell the genders apart either. Bodies look similar. It seems the male antennae may have thicker "hairs" than the female.
We found them in Feb (S1), Sept (S2), Oct (S3) & Nov (S4).

Copyright © 2018- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Nov-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.