White Ground Moth
Female, profile
White Ground Moth
Female, underwings
White Ground Moth (Philobota sp ES03)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Oecophorid Moth (:Gelechioidea Oecophoridae)
Species: White Ground Moth (Philobota sp ES03)
This Photo:     Female, anterior

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
After Marie found the amazing flightless female above, I couldn't let her have all the fun!
So within a week found one myself (couldn't believe I got so lucky!). Turns out it's a different species.
It looks much larger, but is the same size at ~10mm long and ~13mm wingspan.
We couldn't find any hindwings however. They must exist, but one assumes are so reduced that they are not visible (even though the forewings can be seen clear of the body).

Copyright © 2018-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Jun-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.