S2, Female, inner margin tufts
Tan Carpet Moth
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Larentiinae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Tan Carpet Moth (Unplaced cryeropa)|
|This Photo:||S1, Dorsal|
|Synonyms:||Chrysolarentia cryeropa or Hydriomena cryeropa|
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
Not recognised on Atlas anymore, they seem to be unplaced in the Hydriomenini tribe.
An unusal species for a moth in that they often hold their wings vertically; perhaps when walking or threatened. It was difficult to get the dorsal shots with the wings held out flat.
The hindwings are a paler copy of the forewings near the trailing & inner margins, fading to plain grey/brown in the middle.
~9mm long, wingspan ~24mm.