S5, Red Male: anterior
S8, Brown Male: ventral
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Four-spot Cape-moth (Androchela milvaria)|
|This Photo:||S5, Red Male: Body|
Thank you Ned Fisher for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~11 to ~16mm long & wingspan ~21 to ~28mm.
Males have bipectinate (2 rowed) antennae, females have filiform.
Their colour can vary from brown to red
The 2 lateral lines are made up of spots, that can be joined with dark shading. Between the lines can be the same colour as the rest of the wings or a darker band. Often each of the trailing spots are shadowed by a light spot. As the name suggests, there is supposed to be a large central black spot on all four wings, however, this can be quite small. Incredibly variable.
We found 10 specimens (2 Female, 8 Male) in April & May.