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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    I have been away on the Iron Range for a few days so no mothing but I did find this slightly worn Erebus crepuscularis and this less than helpful Alcides metaurus. The whole area is amazing and I am in the process of trying to sourt permits to allow me to trap there next year...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Excellent, that's how we end up in Aus. My wife got a job here and now we are citizens with no intention of moving back to UK. The chance for southern migrants must be high. Please do start a Cyprus thread
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Thanks Andy, love to read about others patches. The monthly UK threads are great and bring bback so many memories. Am sure Cyprus will be interesting, you must start a thread for the trip. How long are going for?
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Caught my tenth species of Limacodidae for Weipa last night. Prior to moving here I rarely caught members of this family, and when I did it was singles of one of two species. Here I am catching multiple species and multiple individuals on some nights. Last night I caught Mecytha dnophera, a new...
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    Agonopterix

    Thanks Andy that looks better. Will pass it on
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    Agonopterix

    A friend has sent me this photo of what I think is an Agonopterix species from Orkney. Has been over a decade since I looked at these so am probably way off but could this be Agonopterix yeatiana or umbellana? This is the only image I have
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Final three for today Rhesala ANIC 2 (Erebidae) - another whose exact placement is yet to be determined. This is one of the many known but undescribed species I see hence its species name being "ANIC 2"...I also catch "ANIC 1" at times! Scioglyptis canescaria (Geometridae, Ennominae) - a new...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Olene mendosa (Lymantridae) - a beautiful species, always a pleasure to see on the sheet NAG leucostigma (Erebidae, Boletobiinae) - the exact placement of this species is yet to be determined. I caught it once in the Cairns region a few years back but here it is quite a regular feature on the...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Ectadiosoma straminae (Crambidae, Spilomelinae) - a new species for me and I think the Cape Grapholita (Tortricidae, Olethreutinae) - cannot find a match for beautiful Tort at the moment Heteropsyche poecilochroma (Epipyropidae) - the caterpillars of this family are parasites of planthopper...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Managed to do some running repairs on the genny on Sunday and got it working again for last night - only stayed out for a few hours just to see if it over heated or stopped, it sounded rough but kept going so I shall take it to the mechanics to be serviced tomorrow and hopefully wont be as bad...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Grrr out tonight and generator packs up...OK it is nearly 20 years old but has been regularly serviced, atleast once per year. Even more frustrating was in Cairns last weekend so could have bought a replacement there rather than have to pay Weipa prices. Will take it to the mechanics on Tuesday...
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    Portable moth traps

    I certainly haven't noticed an improvement using two similar lights but a combination of black light and MV certainly improved my catch - not that I use the black lights very often at the moment
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    I wasn't completely happy with the ID of the Opodiphthera that I caught so I sent the photos off to the gentleman writing the monograph on Australian Saturniidae. He responded last night and is not sure what my specimen is but in his words there is a strong possibility of it being a new species...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    A couple of the non moth highlights - two species of Phasmidae appeared on the sheet. The first is Xeroderus kirbyi a rarely recorded species with few photos of live specimens and an undescribed Phasmatini. There are only six other records of this and as yet it has not even been confirmed which...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Back from my quick trip into Cairns and managed to get out for a couple of hours last night (will hopefully get out again over the weekend) A few highlights but I am only just starting to edit the photos Eumeta variegata (Psychidae) - my first for the Cape, have reared it from TI and I suspect...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    This is, as far as I can tell, the first photo of a live Auchmophoba tynnuta (Crambidae, Spilomelinae) to be published. I can only find three existing photos of set specimens. One on BOLD caught by the late Ian Common (the guru of Australian moths) in 1968 and two from the ANIC Image Library...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Always helpful when you look in the wrong family. When I caught these my initial thoughts were that they were some sort of Cossidae and having trawled through whatever resources I could find I sent the photos to Axel Kailles for his opinion...turns out they are actually Trigonocyttara...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Managed to get out for a couple of hours on Sunday night as it was overcast and the wind had dropped. Unfortunately by 9.30 the wind had got up, driven the clouds away so the moon was bright but slightly more disturbing it was raining ash so I felt discretion was the better part of valour and...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Absolutely, I catch a few of the same genera as in the UK but none of the same species as far as I know
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Hi, right genus this is Opodiphthera eucalypti...well thats what it is called at the moment but the monograph on Australian Saturniidae is being written and the genera being reviewed so that may change
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Not the most stunning of moths but these two Acentropinae have taken a bit of tracking down, both are new species for me. Eoophyla argyrilinale - I can only find a single modern record from 1981. Margarosticha ANIC 3 - only known from three specimens taken at the top of Cape York in 92 & 93
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    Laelia furva (Erebidae, Lymantriinae) - there are virtually identical two Laelia species in Aus. The easiest way to separate them is by leg colour. In obsoleta all the legs are ochreous but in furva only the anterior pair is. Furva is restricted to the top quarter of the Cape Lissomma ANIC 2...
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    I managed to get out twice over the weekend - although it turned out to be a very expensive one as whilst looking for Mantids for a friends Masters, I managed to loose my phone....It was notably quieter than the weekend before but there was still plenty of interest. Very little trapping has been...
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    September Moths

    Two Nonpareils together is amazing such a cracking moth
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    Australian Moths and other garden observations

    A few more from the weekend Crocidolomia pavonana (Crambidae, Glaphyriinae) - not a common visitor to the sheet anywhere I have trapped Dappula tertia (Psychidae) - my first Psychidae in Weipa Macroglossum errans (Sphingidae) - my thirds Macroglossum species caught here Polyacme dissimilis...
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