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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    My apologies for no recent updates, have been without an internet connection due to technical problems. All sorted now so will start a new thread for 2017
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    PNG moth

    There is a superb webpage for Papua moths run by Rob de Vos http://www.papua-insects.nl/insect%20orders/Lepidoptera/Lepidoptera%20families.htm well worth a look if you have any more photos - it is still a work in progress but gets updated regularly
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    Wall Creeper has just been eclipsed!

    Easy enough to find if you look in the right places
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    Unfortunately not. I have a couple of coffee table type books and there are a handful of Australian moth web pages covering I suppose 3500 out of the 25000+ potentials, other than that global sites such as BOLD and trawling through Flicker and sites like iNaturalist as well as Facebook groups...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    With virtual drought conditions here the mothing is very slow at the moment - the creek we have to cross near the house is hardly flowing and our garden pond has dropped by more than 18 inches in the last fortnight. Here are a few more from the end of October that I had not posted Alloeopage...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    A very strong candidate for moth of the year, and a species I have been wanting to see ever since I started mothing here is the stunning Hypsidia erythropsalis (Drepanidae; Drepaninae). Have only caught this single example...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    Thanks Paul. Will post a photo of an amazing Drepanidae later today - probably my moth of the year so far...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    Crambidae, Spilomelinae also continue to feature strongly - although with this prolonged period of hot and exceedingly dry weather there are fewer around at the moment. Here are a few of the best: Agathodes ostentalis - always a beautiful moth to see, an irregular visitor to the garden Glyphodes...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    Unsurprisingly Sphingidae continue to feature strongly with the garden list currently standing at 28 species since 28th May this year - and we have not got to the busy / peak time yet.... Here are a few of the best: Hippotion celerio - in Yorkeys this was a scarce visitor with just two records...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    Apologies for the lack of posts but have been rather busy and have family and friends over from mid October until end February 2017 so future updates may be patchy but I have several ready for the next few days... One group that was notable by their absence in Yorkeys were the large Cossidae...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    October has continued Septembers run of good nights with 18 species of Sphingidae in the first three nights including a new one for the garden in the form of Hyles livornicoides...taking the new garden list to 24 species and 2016s tally to 36. But the absolute stand out species was caught last...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    And my final post for September being three so called "micro" moths although the size of the first Botyodes asialis (Crambidae, Spilomelinae) belies that name as its wing span is at least 4cm! The second Cryptophasa pultenae (Xyloryctidae; Xyloryctinae) was new to me and quite a surprise to...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    Geometrinae also feature strongly at the end of the month. The collage of four consists of Agathia pisina (top left); Agathia prasinaspis (top right); Anisozyga fascinans (bottom left) and Anisozyga goniota (bottom right) Comostola cedilla - one of a couple of very similar species and an...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    Well September finished in style with a final tally of 321 species identified to date and another 1000 photos still to work though! The garden list from 28th May when we moved in to the new house currently stands at 608 species with just under 6000 photos still to work on! Sphingidae continue to...
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    Some Malaysian Borneo Butterflies and Moths

    I would think the last one was a Lyssa spp.
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    It wasn't all about the Sphingids though and there were plenty of other things of note to try and identify... Amata marella (Erebidae; Arctiinae) - a new species for me Athetis reclusa (Noctuidae; Noctuinae) - there has been an emergence of this species recently as having had no records prior to...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    The conditions were nearly perfect last night - overcast, humid with occasional light rain and no wind. Being early in the season the sheets were not over crowded but it was still a very impressive night with 85+ species (am still working through the last remaining images). Sphingidae are...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    The nights are warming up and when the moon is covered there is noticably more activity at the trap - last night 55spp with possibly another 18 spp yet to be identified. Highlights included what I think is Endoxyla cinereus (Cossidae) - a new species for me and only the second of the large...
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    I was not right, this is in fact a pale Psilogramma menephron, and I have caught another two similar ones since then
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    The season keeps threatening to take off but the weather intervenes....highlights from last night included only the third Meganoton rufescens that I have seen and a nice fresh Acosmeryx anceus. At the opposite end of the scale caught this Gelechiidae that I think is an Anarsia spp but beyond...
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    September Moths GB&I

    Of dubious validity I have been told, certainly a variable moth
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    Last night started so promisingly p overcast, warm and humid with a hint of rain. The moths responded and within five minutes of the trap going on I had caught my fourth ever female Ambulyx dohertyi and a single Daphnis placida...unfortunatey 35 minute later the skies had cleared and the moon...
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    September Moths GB&I

    Oddly not caught that Tort yet...get Convolvulus Hawk too sometimes in big numbers (40+) and Scarce Bordered Straw....but they are all common residents!
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    September Moths GB&I

    Couldn't resist posting this...caught a couple of nights ago here in Far North Queensland...they get everywhere!!
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    Mossman Moths (FNQ, Aus) 2016

    We have a reasonable wildlife pond in the garden which does mean that Crambidae, Acentropinae are a regular feature on the moth sheet. I find them a very challenging group so here are a few whose IDs I think I have got correct: Theila siennata and Theila triplaga: up until last week siennata has...
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