Dodonaea Moth
S4: Male: dorsal
Ellura
Dodonaea Moth
S6: Female: dorsal
 
    
Dodonaea Moth (Parosteodes fictiliaria)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Macariini)
Species: Dodonaea Moth (Parosteodes fictiliaria)
This Photo:     S5: Male: dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
A HIGHLY variable moth, making id for ameteurs like ourselves difficult. The MoV books have helped us immensely with separating these out from other unidentified Gemotrids
Head & body ~13mm, wingspan ~32mm.
Males have very finely bipectinate antennae, nearly invisible, which makes the antennae look thicker in males. As such, gender determination is very difficult with less than macro photography or a ventral view.
These are one of the few species where colour can change with age as a pinned specimen. Colour & pattern variations are not gender based.
7 Specimens found in April, May, Sept & Nov.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 23-Sep-2015
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.