Lydia's Wave Moth
S3: Male, ventral
Varied Wave Moth
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Sterrhinae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Varied Wave Moth (Scopula optivata)|
|This Photo:||🔍S7, dorsal🔎|
Thank you Axel Kallies & Dr Bevan Buirchell for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
~25mm wingspan. These seem quite fragile.
It is difficult to be sure, but we think males have finely hairy antennae (very difficult to see even in photographs), while we think female antennae are smooth. Both are filiform.
We have photographed 8 specimens in Feb, Mar, Sep & Oct.
Similar Species: Wavy Noctuid (Ericeia subsignata)