Undescribed Bark Moth
Male, Two Raised Scale Tufts
Dark Desert Bark Moth
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Boarmiini) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Dark Desert Bark Moth (Psilosticha loxoschema)|
Thank you Prof Victor W Fazio III for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Head & body is ~9mm long, with a wingspan of ~28mm.
Very similar wing patterns to our Spider-mimicking moth males, but the antennae are very different. Here they are weakly bipectinate, and the females are not flightless; looking like the males.
2 specimens were found in May.
Similar Species: Spider-mimicking Moth (Zermizinga sinuata)