Forked Grass-moth
Larva 1, ventral
Ellura
Forked Grass-moth
Larva 3, dorsal, ~22mm
 
    
Forked Grass-moth (Ciampa arietaria)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)
Species: Forked Grass-moth (Ciampa arietaria)
This Photo:     Larva 2, camoflague, ~12mm
Other names: Brown Pasture Looper, Forked Pasture-moth

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
This was interesting behaviour.
It would find a plant base and make itself look like a new unfolding leaf. It was very effective.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
A common moth which has some unique characteristics.
The larva curl up at the base of plants looking like new, unfurled leaves.
The adults have a forked horn projection out the front of it's head. It's hairless and not part of the palps; a separate structure.
Males have bipectinate (2 rowed) antennae, where as females have thin thread-like antennae.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Jul-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species