S2: Female, dorsal, wings spread
S2: Female, anterior
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometroidea Geometridae)|
|Species:||Black-banded Crest-moth (Nisista sp MoV3)|
|This Photo:||S2: Female, profile, wings wrapped|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
This is figured in Moths of Victoria book 5 as Nisista sp. (3)
Maryilyn said "It's tricky because the transverse lines are almost invisible .... I recognised it by the pale grey colour, thoracic crest which goes a long way forward, and the pattern of lines along the outer part of the forewing"
The black blotches on it's forewings are more obvious to the naked eye.
The sharply pointed, forward facing, "mane" can be receded by the moth at will. Possibly a defense mechanism to make it appear more aggressive or larger?
Gender can be differentiated by their antenna, with females being thread-like (filiform) & males being bipectinate.
Don Herbison-Evans has enlightened us that the wonderful mane these animals have is called a "Thoracic Crest", thanks Don