Ribbon Cape-moth
S4: Male, dorsal, wings spread
Ellura
Ribbon Cape-moth
S4: Male, ventral
 
    
Ribbon Cape-moth (Amelora belemnophora)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)
Species: Ribbon Cape-moth (Amelora belemnophora)
This Photo:     S7: Male, partial hindwing
Similar Species: Peaked Cape-moth

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
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 & head length (~26mm wingspan), with S4 at ~12mm body & head 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.
We found 9 male specimens between late April & early June.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Jun-2017
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.