S2: Female, Underwing
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Macariini)|
|Species:||Dodonaea Moth (Parosteodes fictiliaria)|
|This Photo:||S1: dorsal|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A HIGHLY variable moth, making id for ameteurs like ourselves difficult. The MoV books have helped us immensely with separating these out from other unidentified Gemotrids
Head & body ~13mm, wingspan ~32mm.
Males have very finely bipectinate antennae, nearly invisible, which makes the antennae look thicker in males. As such, gender determination is very difficult with less than macro photography or a ventral view.
These are one of the few species where colour can change with age as a pinned specimen. Colour & pattern variations are not gender based.
7 Specimens found in April, May, Sept & Nov.