Ragged-banded Owlet Moth
S2, dorsal
Ragged-banded Owlet Moth
S2, dorsal, greyed
Ragged-banded Owlet Moth (Proteuxoa atmoscopa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Acronictinae)
Species: Ragged-banded Owlet Moth (Proteuxoa atmoscopa)
This Photo:     S2, dorsal, no flash
Synonym: Thoracolopha atmoscopa

Thank you Marilyn Hewish for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
About 10mm long with about 25mm wingspan.
Marilyn told us "Proteuxoa was split into two genera. Proteuxoa and Thoracolopha, in a publication by Bobbie Hitchcock et al", in late 2017.
Many of these Noctuid's are very shiny and difficult to photograph. We've been experimenting with turning the flash off and using external light sources to highlight the lines and reduce glare. You can see the differences here. The no flash photo's are out of focus more, little depth of field and very yellow. Cathy Powers has shown us a home made diffuser made from foam which we are now experimenting with to improve these issues while reducing flash glare / sparkle.
We found 2 specimens in March & April.
While Thoracolopha atmoscopa is the currently accepted name (as of late 2017), we use the names on the ALA which lists this under Proteuxoa and Thoracolopha as a synonym.

Copyright © 2018-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Apr-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.