Forked Grass-moth
Larva 3, eyes
Ellura
Forked Grass-moth
Male, hind wings
 
    
Forked Grass-moth (Ciampa arietaria)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)
Species: Forked Grass-moth (Ciampa arietaria)
This Photo:     Male, dorsal, ~15mm
Other names: Brown Pasture Looper, Forked Pasture-moth

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
A common moth which has some unique characteristics.
The larva curl up at the base of plants looking like new, unfurled leaves.
The adults have a forked horn projection out the front of it's head. It's hairless and not part of the palps; a separate structure.
Males have bipectinate (2 rowed) antennae, where as females have thin thread-like antennae.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 26-Apr-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species