Dusky-barred Geometrid
S2: Female, Underwing
Dodonaea Moth
S2: dorsal
Dodonaea Moth (Parosteodes fictiliaria)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometridae Ennominae Macariini)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Dodonaea Moth (Parosteodes fictiliaria)
This Photo:     S1: dorsal

Thank you Axel Kallies for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A HIGHLY variable moth, making id for ameteurs like ourselves difficult. The MoV books have helped us immensely with separating these out from other unidentified Gemotrids
Head & body ~13mm, wingspan ~32mm.
Males have very finely bipectinate antennae, nearly invisible, which makes the antennae look thicker in males. As such, gender determination is very difficult with less than macro photography or a ventral view.
These are one of the few species where colour can change with age as a pinned specimen. Colour & pattern variations are not gender based.
7 Specimens found in April, May, Sept & Nov.

Copyright © 2012-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Sep-2012
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.