S5 Male: dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)|
|Species:||Stippled Line-moth (Smyriodes trigramma)|
|This Photo:||S1 Male: dorsal|
|Similar Species:||Ash-grey Geometrid|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Head & body ~13mm, wingspan ~35mm.
Males have bipectinate antennae, females have filiform.
There are brown & grey forms, with the black lines varying considerably in strength. They are not easy to photograph, with different angles giving quite different colours.
Identification difficulty is compounded as they wrap themselves with their wings, looking very different to their spread out state - making the indiscriminate lines difficult to follow.
We found 4 males & 4 females between mid April & early June.