|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Oenochrominae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Orange-spotted Taxeotis (Taxeotis xanthogramma)|
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
We got these mixed up with our undescribed Oenochrominae sp.
Unusually, for a moth, the dorsal patterns are almost the same; with varying degrees of darkness (ie sometimes spots, etc, are not visible).
However, the shape of the wings separates these out.
A note of caution though. We've included 2 photo's of the same female specimen here to highlight how, with photo's, wing shape can change dramatically. Take a careful look at the right wing. In the first shot it's sitting up on a clear pot and looks a different shape to the second where it's resting on the table more naturally.
Similar Species: Undescribed Geometrid (Oenochrominae sp ES02)