Larva 1, eyes & legs
Larva 2, camoflague, ~12mm
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)|
|Species:||Forked Grass-moth (Ciampa arietaria)|
|This Photo:||Larva 1, ventral|
|Other names:||Brown Pasture Looper, Forked Pasture-moth|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
A common moth 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.
Males have bipectinate (2 rowed) antennae, where as females have thin thread-like antennae.