Undescribed Bark Moth
Male, Two Raised Scale Tufts
Ellura
Dark Desert Bark Moth
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Dark Desert Bark Moth (Psilosticha loxoschema)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Boarmiini)
Species: Dark Desert Bark Moth (Psilosticha loxoschema)
This Photo:     Dorsal
Synonym: Ectropis loxoschema
Similar Species: Spider-mimicking Moth

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
Head & body is ~9mm long, with a wingspan of ~28mm.
Very similar wing patterns to our Spider-mimicking moth males, but the antennae are very different. Here they are weakly bipectinate, and the females are not flightless; looking like the males.
2 specimens were found in May.

Copyright © 2018 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 08-May-2018
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.