Undescribed Lichen Moth
S3, Male, dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Tiger Moth (:Noctuoidea Erebidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Undescribed Lichen Moth (Eutane ANIC1)|
|This Photo:||🔍S1, Female, dorsal🔎|
Thank you Axel Kallies for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~12mm long females. The females both dropped eggs in the pot. Both genders had filiform antennae.
A good id match, except for the body colour, which appears black on Bold.
They were day flying, around a Westringia rigida bush, not in flower. However they had a habit of being on the ground. So the Westringia rigida may be a furphy; or may support a particular type of lichen. There's plenty of lichen on the ground, and on the bush; but different types of course. Each Lichen species depends on a certain substrate type (timber, ground/rock, etc). This genus is known from coastal Qld & NSW.
We photographed 2 females & 2 males in Feb (on the same day, same spot)