Mini Owlet Moth
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Acronictinae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Black Noctuid (Neumichtis nigerrima)|
|This Photo:||🔍S9, dorsal🔎|
Thank you Cathy Powers, Prof Victor W Fazio III & Dion Maple for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
These are a VERY black moth, so have raised the lighting on the example we caught to highlight features and generally hidden patterns. We've left the lower quality images to indicate their more realistic colour.
Cathy said "The black moth caught in the spider web has all the lines and markings of Neumichtis nigerrima".
However, there is an undescribed species that looks the same with bi-pectinate antennae. Neumichtis nigerrima only has thread like antennae. So if you find a moth like this with bi-pectinate antennae, please let us know here, or contact Cathy. She'd be very keen to see it. We'll be keeping our eye out too