Bold Phrataria
S3, Female, Partial Hindwing
Bronze Heath Moth
S6, Male, dorsal
Bold Phrataria (Phrixocomes hedrasticha)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 Axel Kallies & (BaronSamedi ) for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~13mm long
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

Copyright © 2023-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Jan-2023
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.