Forked Grass-moth
Larva 1, profile
Ellura
Forked Grass-moth
Larva 1, eyes & legs
 
    
Forked Grass-moth (Ciampa arietaria)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 1, rear End
Other names: Brown Pasture Looper, Forked Pasture-moth

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.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Aug-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species