Ribbon Cape-moth
S4, Male, profile
Ribbon Cape-moth
S4, Male, dorsal, wings spread
Ribbon Cape-moth (Amelora belemnophora)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Ribbon Cape-moth (Amelora belemnophora)
This Photo:     S4, Male, dorsal, wings closed

Thank you Dr Bevan Buirchell for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
1st Live Photo on-line:
Specimens 3 & 4, shown here, are rather different. S4 is probably fresh, with little scale loss. Whereas S3 is quite worn. Regardless, S4 is a darker morph which also shows in the darker edging under both wings. S3 is also quite a bit smaller at ~10mm body & head length (~26mm wingspan), with S4 at ~12mm body & head length (~32mm wingspan). S7 is in-between and showed it's hindwing rather nicely. We present S3 & S4 fully to help show the normal variations you can see with moths within one species. In profile, you can see the missing scales of S3 make them look quite different.
We found 9 male specimens between late April & early June.

Similar Species: Peaked Cape-moth (Amelora cf ceraunia)

Copyright © 2017-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 25-May-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.