Green Cutworm
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Ellura
Spotless Proteuxoa
Female, profile
 
    
Spotless Proteuxoa (Proteuxoa acontoura)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Acronictinae)
Species: Spotless Proteuxoa (Proteuxoa acontoura)
This Photo:     Female, dorsal
Synonym: Thoracolopha acontoura

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
About 11mm long & 30mm wingspan.
Based on body shape, we assume females have an ochre tint to the posterior end of their abdomen. What we assume to be males are off-white. There didn't appear to be any other variations we could see.
They have a faint racing stripe behind their head, which is not visible on pinned samples as the pin-head interferes.
We weren't able to capture their satin texture in photographs. An elegant moth to the naked eye. And due to the lack of cresents & spots, not obviously a proteuxoa.
While Thoracolopha acontoura is the currently accepted name (as of late 2017), we use the names on the ALA which hasn't caught up yet and still lists this under Proteuxoa.

Copyright © 2018 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 16-Apr-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species