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    Australian Moths 2018

    My new "black bulbs" are still not here...oh the joys of living in remote Australia
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    Australian Moths 2018

    My first NT moth for almost six years...this was on the wall by the back door this morning. I think it is something in Blenina (Nolidae; Chloephorinae) or an allied genus but it is not one I recognise. The closest I can see is Blenina donans but when this flew off it did not have the yellow...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Umm well my freight has arrived but not quite in the condition that it was dispatched (see photo one) insurance playing silly buggers as in some cases the item is not broken just completely missing and so they are questioning why I can't show them it...as a result there will be a further delay...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Unfortunately not...had you been over four weeks ago would have said come round to mine but am now a fair way away from Cairns
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Aaaahhh our frieght has gone missing...no moth traps....no wine glasses...drinking direct from the bottle is not elegent! New garden is very small and not suitable for the MVs but have a smaller gecko type light that I will use if it ever turns up....most interesting nocturnal sighting so far in...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    There will be a prolonged gap between posts here as i am in the process of moving to remote North Arnhem land. Once.there i am not sure what trapping opportunities there will be once moved as we are moving into government housing
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    Australian Moths 2018

    The undoubted highlight of the night and this week was this Erebus crepuscularis (Erebidae; Erebinae) that appeared ona palm tree close to the light last night. With a wingspan of close to 12cm it is a sizeable beast and not one that I catch regularly, this is my first since June 2017
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Hi Paul. Yes they are indeed very special - never a dull night when you catch one of these guys, on one memorable occasion I had two on the sheet and another flying around! This one had a narrow escape, I had not closed our screen door properly when I went out to check the trap and came back to...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    A few from last night Coscinocera hercules (Saturniidae) - always a pleasure to catch these. As with 99% of my records this is a male (have only caught a single female in four years). This is my eight male of the year to date. Euproctis actor (Lymantriidae) - a regular visitor to the sheet and...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Aside from the moths there has been a noticable increase in the number of beetles particularly Cerambycidae coming to the sheet. If I though the resources for moths were bad the ones for these guys is even worse unless you have a few hundred dollars to spare and can purchase the excellent guide...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Ophiusa tirhaca (Erebidae; Erebinae) - one of six species within the Ophiusa / Thyas complex that I record in the garden. Pachynoa xanthochyta (Crambidae, Spilomelinae) - without doubt this regular visitor is one of my favourite Spilomelinae that I catch in the garden (out of the 160+ of...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    A few more from the last few weeks Amraica debrunnescens (Geometridae; Ennominae) - normally quite a regular feature during the Wet this was only the second individual I have caught this year. Rusicada combinans (Erebidae; Calpinae) - a regular visitor to the sheet throughout the year Asarta...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    I am back as life returns to normal. The trap has had its moments in the last month, the nights are still in tropical terms quite cold but I have still managed to add a fair few new species both to my year list (which currently stands at 851) and my garden list. This was from last night and is...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Wow what an amazing few days. Our Dry season / winter is normally quite quiet with a good night reaching 40ish species but the last week or so we have had regular rain and despite the nocturnal temperature barely getting above 13oC which for us is cold, this has resulted in most nights having...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Hit a milestone over the weekend 800+ species in the garden for the year, normally reach this in late September / early October so bodes well for breaking the 1000 in a year mark - current record 932ish last year but I have a fair bit of work to do still so 2017 will probably reach the 1000+...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    A few more from last night: Cryptaspasma (Tortricidae; Olethreutinae) - not certain that this is the correct genus for this but it looks similar to other members of the genus that I have caught before. Esthlodora variabilis (Erebidae; Hypeninae) - a rare visitor to the sheet, this is just the...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Amazing what a slight improvement in the weather does..start of the week nocturnal temperatures in the mid single digits last night they were closer to normal at 14o with some cloud cover, moth numbers have reacted accordingly with a jump from no more than 10spp in a ight to close to 70 last...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Thanks Britseye - my set up is outlined in post 27 on this thread but in simple terms yes my light (an 125W ballasted mv bulb) is against the wall of our house with a white sheet across the window, it is not efficient from the point of view of retaining everything that comes to the light but it...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    The cold weather continues... Highlights from the couple of hours that I ran the trap last night Pterogonia cardinalis (Nolidae; Westermanniinae) - an infrequent visitor to the trap Pararguda australasiae (Lasiocampidae; Lasiocampinae) - a tricky genus to identify but this is the most likely species
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    Australian Moths 2018

    This Dry/Winter continues to be extreme for the Tropics with nocturnal temperatures at least ten degrees below the norm. Aside from me feeling frozen there is virtually nothing flying in this weather. There were a grand total of nine moths on the sheet last night when I turned it off! Clostera...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Hi Lincsbirder. My set up is very simple (see photo below) I use a single 125w MV bulb against a wall / white sheet. The set up is not ideal as I do loose a proportion of what is attracted to the light - probably only manage to record 70% of what actually appears in the night. The reason for...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    A few more from the last week, so far the 2018 garden list stands at 769 species - total 1300+ in the garden in the last 24 months. Euproctis subnobilis (Erebidae; Lymantriinae) - one of the more recognisable members of this genus, a regular if infrequent visitor to the sheet Hemonia micrommata...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    The Dry season is such an odd time of year over here, with seemingly no real difference in weather conditions or temperatures you can go from 100+ species in a night to under 25 the next night. As a rule in June - August I turn the trap off at midnight unless there has been a few things of note...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    Still cool at nights, particularly when there is no cloud but given the state of the moon there is still a fair bit of interest in the sheet. Arescoptera idiotypa (Pyralidae; Pyralinae) - only the second time I have caught this diminuitive Pyralid, the first time being in 2016. A highly variable...
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    Australian Moths 2018

    What a difference some rain makes - over night was warmer (still low teens so for us not exactly hot but an improvement) but most importantly there was light rain throughout the night...end result 90+ species on the sheet not bad for the Dry season. Amphitorna lechriodes (Drepanidae...
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