Tufted Pyralid Moth
Dorsal
Ellura
Tufted Pyralid Moth
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Tufted Pyralid Moth (Enchesphora brachypalpia)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Grass Moth (:Pyraloidea Pyralidae)
Species: Tufted Pyralid Moth (Enchesphora brachypalpia)
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General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
~12mm long & ~28mm wingspan. Gender is not normally separated out with antennae with these Pyralid moths. As such we suspect this is a female by body shape, but aren't sure.
What a spectacular moth with tufts going in all directions! This is a perfect example of why we need to take the profile shots. We even took 2 here to give slightly different aspects of the tufts.
A pretty moth with white splashes under the tufts, mainly grey & brown mottling, with black scaloping lines towards the trailing of the forewing.
Under the hindwings we see primarily cream coloured wings, each with a dark brown trailing band, a central spot and faint zig zag line between.
One specimen found in November.

Copyright © 2018- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 15-Nov-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.