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