Bird-wing Moth
S7, Dark Form, Hindwings
Ellura
Bird-wing Moth
S7, Dark Form, ventral
 
                      
Bird-wing Moth (Uresiphita ornithopteralis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Crambid Snout Moth (:Pyraloidea Crambidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Bird-wing Moth (Uresiphita ornithopteralis)
This Photo:     S2, Dark Form, Head
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 7 specimens in Jan, Apr, May, Aug, Sep & Dec.

Similar Species: White Patched Crambid (Eclipsiodes homora)

Copyright © 2016-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-May-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.