Male, Playing Dead
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta) iNaturalist Observation|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Oakworm (:Noctuoidea Notodontidae)|
|Species:||Undescribed Rough-head (Hylaeora MoV1)|
|This Photo:||Male, profile|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
This is figured in Moths of Victoria (MoV) part 2 as Hylaeora sp. (1)
~30mm long, ~70mm wingspan. Males have bipectinate antennae, while females have filiform antennae.
These have a complex of colour shades on the forewing. A stark white streak near front of the inner margin. At the back is a large triangular dark patch separated from the rest of the dark grey wing by a thick, very pale, line. It's almost indistinguishable, but definately there to the naked eye; photographing it is another matter. As with other Rough-heads the back of the neck is a complex array of large bluish scales.
The overall colours & patterns are reminiscent of sap on bark of a Mallee Tree; the body matching the ochre colour of a broken limb.
As with other members of this family, it plays dead a lot, curling up & exposing it's ochre body.
Came to night light, but was on the ground.
One male specimen found in March.