Undescribed Heath Moth
Ochre-headed Taxeotis Moth
S2, dorsal
Ochre-headed Taxeotis Moth (Taxeotis exsectaria)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Oenochrominae)
Species: Ochre-headed Taxeotis Moth (Taxeotis exsectaria)
This Photo:     S1, dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~7mm long, wingspan ~20mm.
Taxeotis moths are notoriously difficult to id. We've gone with T. exsectaria due to the ochre head, which is diagnostic, but the ochre wing bands are not seen on other examples. As such, this may be an undescribed species, which also has an ochre head. Hopefully it's just a local variation of T. excectaria.
We found one in Sept, 2013, and all the others on one night in October.

Copyright © 2013-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 08-Sep-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.