Frosty Cape-moth
Female, Anetenna
Ellura
Frosty Cape-moth
Female, ventral
 
                      
Frosty Cape-moth (Hypsitropha ANIC1)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Frosty Cape-moth (Hypsitropha ANIC1)
This Photo:     🔍Male, ventral🔎

Thank you Glenn Cocking for identifying, Victor W Fazio III for confirming the id and Peter Marriott & Matt Campbell for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
1st Live Photo's on-line: ~25mm wingspan. Males have thinner body & bipectinate antennae. Females have filiform antennae.
They have a very distinctive. Top of body is pale orange/brown which is a bit unusual.
There are 4 specimens shown on bold, all of which were found on the 30th Apr 1968. As such, they are rarely seen, or not well known and not recognised in collections. It's also possible they have a very short adult life. We've only seen them on one night in a season, and if not looking on that night they'd be missed.
Photographed 15 specimens (9 males, 4 female) at the night light in April & early May.

Copyright © 2018-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Apr-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.