|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta) iNaturalist Observation|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Acronictinae)|
|Species:||Spotless Proteuxoa (Proteuxoa acontoura)|
|This Photo:||Female, dorsal|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
About 11mm long & 30mm wingspan.
Based on body shape, we assume females have an ochre tint to the posterior end of their abdomen. What we assume to be males are off-white. There didn't appear to be any other variations we could see.
They have a faint racing stripe behind their head, which is not visible on pinned samples as the pin-head interferes.
We weren't able to capture their satin texture in photographs. An elegant moth to the naked eye. And due to the lack of cresents & spots, not obviously a proteuxoa.
While Thoracolopha acontoura is the currently accepted name (as of late 2017), we use the names on the ALA and lists this under Proteuxoa. In fact, as of now (early 2021), it seems Thoracolopha hasn't been accepted.