Red Flecked Owlet Moth
Mini Owlet Moth
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Acronictinae)|
|Species:||Mini Owlet Moth (Mataeomera sp)|
|This Photo:||S1: dorsal|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
S1 ~8mm long, ~18mm wingspan
S2 ~7mm long, ~15mm wingspan
S3 ~8mm long, ~22mm wingspan
S4 ~7mm long, ~20mm wingspan
All 4 sightings have different wing patterns & varying palp length. When we checked the MoV cds (Moths of Victoria) and found how variable they are, and need reworking, we couldn't work out which was which; they could all be one, or 4 different species.
We couldn't tell the genders apart either. Bodies look similar. It seems the male antennae may have thicker "hairs" than the female.
We found them in Feb (S1), Sept (S2), Oct (S3) & Nov (S4).