Frosty Cape-moth
Male, dorsal
Ellura
Frosty Cape-moth
Male, Hindwings
 
    
Frosty Cape-moth (Hypsitropha ANIC1)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:     Female, 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.

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 16-Apr-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.