Undescribed Carpet Moth
S4, Male, Antenna
Ellura
Undescribed Carpet Moth
S4, Male, dorsal
 
                      
Undescribed Carpet Moth (Chrysolarentia sp ES01)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Larentiinae)
Species: Undescribed Carpet Moth (Chrysolarentia sp ES01)
This Photo:     🔍S3, Female, dorsal🔎

Thank you Axel Kallies for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
The females we measured were slightly larger @ ~19mm (S2) & ~20mm (S3) wingspan compared to the male @ ~17mm (S4) wingspan.
Males have thick antennae compared with females, but it's not very obvious.
There are a few similar looking moths that are quite variable; C. arachnitis, C. severata & C. squamulata. We thought these were C. severata, but Axel lifted our id to genus level.
The lines on these are straighter than the others.
We haven't encountered them very often photographing only 6 specimens, with 2 males, 2 females & 2 indeterminate in March & April.

Copyright © 2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 30-Mar-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.