Black-edged Geometrid
S3, Female, profile
Black-edged Geometrid
S2, Male, ventral
Black-edged Geometrid (Cycloprorodes melanoxysta)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Nacophorini)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Black-edged Geometrid (Cycloprorodes melanoxysta)
This Photo:     🔍S6, Male, profile🔎

Thank you Andy Young & 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
This was the first photo on Atlas of this species, and the first sighting in SA since 1891.
Male ~14mm long & ~35mm wingspan. Female ~12mm long & ~35mm wingspan. So similar size, with females have a shorter stout body.
Males & females are both bipectinate, however, the male pectinations are noticably long than the females.
Note the colour variation from rust red, through orange to pale brown. This is not gender specific, just individual variation. All these were photographed at Ellura, so it's also independant of location.
We've photographed 10 specimens from early May to early June.

Copyright © 2018-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 04-Jun-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.