Black and White Crambid
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Crambid Snout Moth (:Pyraloidea Crambidae)|
|Species:||Wattle Moth (Uresiphita ornithopteralis)|
|Other name:||Tree Lucerne Moth|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
A deceptively large moth, ~18mm long & ~34mm wingspan.
They have two colour forms. The ones we've seen have a general reddish brown colour with thick white legs being the most distinguishing feature; until you see their windwings. Brilliant orange, offset by a thick black trailing band. Underneath their wings are generally pale yellow with a pink section along the costa of both wings, much thicker on the hindwings extending to almost half the wing.
We have photographed 5 specimens in May, Aug, Sep & Dec.
Similar Species: White Patched Crambid (Eclipsiodes homora)