Ellura's Wood Moth
S6, Female & S8, Male, Size Comparison
Ellura
Small Wood Moth
Male, dorsal
 
                      
Ellura's Wood Moth (Endoxyla sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Wood Moth (:Cossoidea Cossidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Ellura's Wood Moth (Endoxyla sp)
This Photo:     S1, Female, ventral
Other name: Wattle Goat Moth

Thank you Ethan Beaver & Axel Kallies for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Head & body ~73mm, wingspan ~140mm or wider (hard to say as she lost her wing tips)
A number of Endoxyla females are flightless with reduced wings (brachypterous). But with this species the female has fully developed wings. Notice how the female has brown & white striped hindwings, where as the male has all white hindwings.
Neither Axel nor Ethan recognised this species we get regularly on Ellura.
We originally thought it was close to E. encalypti, but Ethan said "I have never seen E. encalypti in SA, I doubt that occurs here."
Axel also said "Pretty sure that is not E. lituratus"
We have photographed 15 specimens (4 females) in Nov, Dec & Jan.

Copyright © 2017-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Dec-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.