Common daytime moth

This little (25 mm wingspan) moth is around in large numbers in many parts of our forest and across the forests of Tableland, and its active during the day. It seems to love the grassy, herby ground layer, often occurring in large, conspicuous aggregations. In sunlight it appears much more orange than on this image. Its undoubtedly an important predator on some plants and likely an important food source for insectivorous animals. But what is it? My best guess is Chrysolarentia mecynata, though it does differ subtly from the variety of images I’ve found HERE.

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2 Responses to Common daytime moth

  1. Wimm/Vic says:

    Bert, have a look at Scopula rubraria (Geometridae/Sterrhinae)

    They are day fliers and can vary in colour and markings.

    http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/ster/rubrar.html

  2. Wimm/Vic says:

    Actually, I’ve just had another look at your photo. It may not be Scopula rubraria at all!

    Possibly in the Oenochrominae branch of the Geometrids. Your moth has quite pronounced palps.

    That’ll teach me for not observing the finer detail of your image!

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