Ragged-leaf Moth
Female, dorsal
Ragged-leaf Moth
Female, ventral
Ragged-leaf Moth (Nycticleptes lechriodesma)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Oenochrominae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Ragged-leaf Moth (Nycticleptes lechriodesma)
This Photo:     🔍Female, anterior🔎

Thank you Ned Fisher for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Large moth at ~63mm wingspan. Males have bipectinate antennae, whereas females have filiform.
We shone the torch at the old growth mallee & bushes around in front of the carport when checking the night light; to help attract inverts in our direction. We saw her comming in via the torch light & thought, "that's a bit bigger than usual"; yep classic understatement

Copyright © 2021-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Apr-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.