Larva 1, ventral
Larva 3, dorsal (~22mm)
|Class:||Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Insect (Insecta)|
|Order:||Moth Butterfly (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometroidea Geometridae)|
|Species:||Forked Grass-moth (Ciampa arietaria)|
|This Photo:||Larva 2, camoflague (~12mm long)|
|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)
We have yet to find the female. A common moth (as evidenced by the number of sightings we've had) 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.