Grey Crest-moth
S2, Female, profile
Ellura
Grey Crest-moth
S2, Female, anterior
 
    
Grey Crest-moth (Chlenias banksiaria)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)
Species: Grey Crest-moth (Chlenias banksiaria)
This Photo:     S1, Female, partial Hindwing

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Head & body ~15mm, wingspan ~43mm.
This is a species complex; meaning there are different species in the group that match the known diagnositcs. A revision of the species needs to be done to determine new diagnostics to split the group into separate species.
Both genders have bipectinate antennae, however the pectinations are tiny on the female looking like filiform antennae to the naked eye, or the wrong angle.
The Nisista MoV3, shown below, is our most common crest moth. It's difficult to find the few of these rarer species amongst the hoards of the others.
We found 2 specimens, both in May.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-May-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species