Undescribed Heath Moth
Ochre-headed Taxeotis Moth
|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.