S3, Female, Partial Hindwing
Bronze Heath Moth
S6: Male, dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Oenochrominae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Bold Phrataria (Phrixocomes hedrasticha)|
|This Photo:||🔍S3, Female, ventral🔎|
Thank you BaronSamedi for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
These are quite unusual in that the males have mono-pectinate, or uni-pectinate antennae. While female's are filiform.
They have tufts of their forewings, which look like black spots in the dorsal views.
We think of these as Nola mimics; probably because we discovered Nola moths first
We've photographed 4 specimens in Jan, Feb & Mar