|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)|
|Species:||Frosty Cape-moth (Hypsitropha ANIC1)|
|This Photo:||Male, dorsal|
Thank you Peter Marriott for helping with the identification of this species
Thank you Matt Campbell for helping with the identification of this species
Thank you Glenn Cocking for identifying this species for us
Thank you Victor W Fazio III for confirming the identification of this species
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~25mm wingspan. Males have thinner body & bipectinate antennae. Females have filiform antennae.
They have a very distinctive. Top of body is pale orange/brown which is a bit unusual.
There are 4 specimens shown on bold, all of which were found on the 30th Apr 1968. As such, they are rarely seen, or not well known and not recognised in collections. It's also possible they have a very short adult life. We've only seen them on one night in a season, and if not looking on that night they'd be missed.
Found 7 specimens (5 males, 2 female) at the night light.