Arid Grey
Barnard's Grey
S2: Male, dorsal
Barnard's Grey (Hypobapta barnardi)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Geometrinae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Barnard's Grey (Hypobapta barnardi)
This Photo:     S1: Male, dorsal, missing antennae

Thank you Leon Crang for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
The males were considerably smaller (~12mm long, wingspan ~29mm) than the female @ ~14mm long, wingspan ~37mm. Males are bipectinate, females filiform.
We were excited to get a named Grey, to compare with our undescribed one earlier. These still sat with the wings closed generally. Interestingly they were very flighty, until on the last one (S4) we put it on a small stick. It suddenly settled right down. We have found this with other inverts, particularly crane flies, where they cann't grip to the plastic surfaces; but haven't noticed an issue with moths before this one.
A Female and 3 Males found on one night in November

Copyright © 2018-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Nov-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.