Bag Shelter Moth
Male S23: Underwing - plain
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta) iNaturalist Observation|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Snub Moth (:Noctuoidea Oenosandridae)|
|Species:||Bat-eared Snub-moth (Discophlebia ANIC1)|
|This Photo:||🔍S2, dorsal🔎|
Thank you Axel Kallies for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~17mm long, ~37mm wingspan.
Orange tail, white hindwings with dark scales & dark long hairs on the costa & inner edge.
Notice the "fork tipped scales".
These sit with their head folded down & in, making it very difficult to see their eyes. They have 2 crests, which resemble bat-ears.
While we recognised these as Discophlebia, Alex kindly matched them to the ANIC sp 1 specimens. As such, it's known about but undescribed.
We photographed 3 specimens in March.