S1, Male, dorsal, missing antennae
S3, Female, dorsal
|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:||S2, Male, dorsal|
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, and wrapped it's wings around the stick. 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.
Photographed 7 (6M, 1F) in Jan & Nov.