S4, Male, Antennae
S6, Male, Antennae
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Macariini) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Dodonaea Moth (Parosteodes fictiliaria)|
|This Photo:||S5, Male, Antennae|
Thank you Axel Kallies for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Head & body ~13mm, wingspan ~32mm.
A HIGHLY variable moth, making id for ameteurs like ourselves difficult. The MoV books have helped us immensely with separating these out from other unidentified Geometrids
Males have very finely bipectinate antennae, nearly invisible, which makes the antennae look thicker in males. As such, gender determination is very difficult with less than macro photography or a ventral view.
These are one of the few species where colour can change with age as a pinned specimen. Colour & pattern variations are not gender based.
10 Specimens found in Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Sept & Nov.