Orange-spotted Taxeotis
Female, Dorsal
Orange-spotted Taxeotis
Female, Partial Hindwing
Orange-spotted Taxeotis (Taxeotis xanthogramma)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Oenochrominae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Orange-spotted Taxeotis (Taxeotis xanthogramma)
This Photo:     🔍Female, Dorsal🔎

Thank you Axel Kallies for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We got these mixed up with our undescribed Oenochrominae sp.
Unusually, for a moth, the dorsal patterns are almost the same; with varying degrees of darkness (ie sometimes spots, etc, are not visible).
However, the shape of the wings separates these out.
A note of caution though. We've included 2 photo's of the same female specimen here to highlight how, with photo's, wing shape can change dramatically. Take a careful look at the right wing. In the first shot it's sitting up on a clear pot and looks a different shape to the second where it's resting on the table more naturally.

Similar Species: Undescribed Heath Moth (Tapinogyna sp ES02)

Copyright © 2017-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 12-Sep-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.