Gold-lined Cape-moth
Male: dorsal
Variable Cape-moth
Female, profile
Variable Cape-moth (Amelora MoV8)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)
Species: Variable Cape-moth (Amelora MoV8)
This Photo:     Female, dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
This is figured in Moths of Victoria (MoV) part 5 as Amelora sp. (8)
Head & body ~10mm, wingspan ~31mm.
Males have bipectinate antennae (2 rows of filaments), while females (shown here) have thread-like antennae (filiform).
There is no horn projection on it's face.
The MoV books stress that mainland Amelora species need work and will probably be moved into new genera, as Dr Peter McQuillan did for Tasmanian in 1996.
One female found in April.

Copyright © 2018-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Apr-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.