Tasmanian Cutworm Moth
S2: Dorsal, very worn
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Noctuinae)|
|Species:||Saltbush Cutworm (Ectopatria horologa)|
|This Photo:||S1: Dorsal|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
The large number of photos of this species is to show the large variety of patterns speciemens can appear to have due to fading / wear.
It's not clear why the ventral photo's fat & thin bodies. It's possibly due to different genders, or perhaps one is gravid (pregnant).
They are ~18mm long, with wingspan ~40mm.