Red-tracked Geometrid
Female: dorsal
Ellura
Red-tracked Geometrid
Female: anterior
 
    
Red-tracked Geometrid (Plesiolaea maritima)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometroidea Geometridae)
Species: Red-tracked Geometrid (Plesiolaea maritima)
This Photo:     Female: profile

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
About 11mm long & wingspan 28mm.
The female has 3 very distinctive red streaks (2 lateral & one diagonal) on a grey dapled background.
It has a small tuft on each side above the head, and 2 black spots under it's hind wings.
It tends to sit with it's wings wrapped around it's body like a cylinder, but can sit with it's wings out flat.
It plays dead easily making photography of it's underneath nearly impossible.
Thanks to Don Herbison-Evan for confirming our 2nd specimen is the male of this species, based on the forewing tip markings

Copyright © 2018 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Apr-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species