Tufted Bark Moth
S1: Male, dorsal
Ellura
Tufted Bark Moth
S2: Male, profile
 
    
Tufted Bark Moth (Lipogya leucoprosopa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Boarmiini)
Species: Tufted Bark Moth (Lipogya leucoprosopa)
This Photo:     S2: Male, dorsal

Thank you Marilyn Hewish for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
About 12mm head & body length, with approx 22mm wingspan.
Most interesting with this species is the raised scale tufts behind the head. Almost impossible to see in dorsal view without a flash reflecting off them. The flash shows them to be metallic and a dark gold colour. In some views it appears to be a single horn, but elsewhere you can see it's two distinct tufts leaning toward each other. As the smaller scales wear down, the tufts become more visible.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Oct-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species