Black Striped Grey Moth
Ventral
Ellura
Saltbush Cutworm
S2: Dorsal, very worn
 
                      
Saltbush Cutworm (Ectopatria sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Noctuinae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Saltbush Cutworm (Ectopatria sp)
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
We thought these were Ectopatria horologa.
The large number of photos of this species is to show the large variety of patterns speciemens can appear to have due to fading / wear.
It's not clear why the ventral photo's fat & thin bodies. It's possibly due to different genders, or perhaps one is gravid (pregnant).
They are ~18mm long, with wingspan ~40mm.
Axel said "Undescribed (according to ANIC)"; we assume he means there are matching specimens marked as "Undescribed Ectopatria" in the ANIC collection.

Copyright © 2015-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-May-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.