Tasmanian Cutworm Moth
S1, ventral
Ellura
Saltbush Cutworm
S2: Dorsal, very worn
 
    
Saltbush Cutworm (Ectopatria horologa)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.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-May-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.