Red-tracked Geometrid
Male: ventral
Ellura
Stippled Line-moth
S5 Male: dorsal
 
    
Stippled Line-moth (Smyriodes trigramma)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), 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.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 06-May-2013
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.