Black Noctuid
Caught in a web
Ellura
Green Cutworm
Dorsal
 
    
Black Noctuid (Neumichtis cf nigerrima)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Acronictinae)
Species: Black Noctuid (Neumichtis cf nigerrima)
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Thank you Cathy Powers for confirming the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Cathy said "The black moth caught in the spider web has all the lines and markings of Neumichtis nigerrima".
However, there is an undescribed species that looks the same with bi-pectinate antennae. Neumichtis nigerrima only has thread like antennae. So if you find a moth like this with bi-pectinate antennae, please let us know here, or contact Cathy. She'd be very keen to see it. We'll be keeping our eye out too

We weren't aware of the antennae variations, so didn't photograph them. As such can't be sure of the species identification.
The "cf" notation we use here & elsewhere on this web site translates to "looks like".

Copyright © 2011- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Apr-2011
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.