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Australian Moths and other garden observations (4 Viewers)

Atropos

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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 species, emerging to pupate outside their host
Lophoruza diversa (Erebidae, Boletobiinae) - only the second individual I have caught
 

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Atropos

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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 sheet
Pinara divisa (Lasiocampidae) - strongly sexually dimorphic with the larger female (first of the two photos) a regular visitor to the sheet, I have only caught two males so far
 

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Atropos

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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 species for me and the Cape
A male Sphodropoda quinquedens aka Rainbow Mantis
 

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Atropos

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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 species for me and I think the Cape - in fact I can only find a couple of other recent records.
Other species of interest included Glyphodes apiospila (Crambidae, Spilomelinae) one of the less common members of this genus; I also caught two Ophodiphthera eucalypti (Saturniidae). My species list for Weipa is rapidly approaching 500 which for three months of the Dry season is quite good, really looking forward to the rains starting...hopefully next month if not sooner!
 

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Andy Adcock

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England
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 species for me and I think the Cape - in fact I can only find a couple of other recent records.
Other species of interest included Glyphodes apiospila (Crambidae, Spilomelinae) one of the less common members of this genus; I also caught two Ophodiphthera eucalypti (Saturniidae). My species list for Weipa is rapidly approaching 500 which for three months of the Dry season is quite good, really looking forward to the rains starting...hopefully next month if not sooner!
This makes my urban patch look a bit thin, hoping I can get some stuff worthy of posting when we get to Cyprus.

This is a wonderful thread, would be great to get other members from around the World to start similar ones, showcasing their own species..
 

Atropos

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This makes my urban patch look a bit thin, hoping I can get some stuff worthy of posting when we get to Cyprus.

This is a wonderful thread, would be great to get other members from around the World to start similar ones, showcasing their own species..
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?
 

Andy Adcock

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England
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?
Unless my wife gets the sack, we're there for good.
 

Atropos

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Unless my wife gets the sack, we're there for good.
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
 

Atropos

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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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Atropos

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Full moon and cloudless skies makes trapping pointless at the moment in the garden but here are a few from earlier thismonth that I have got around to editing...plenty more yet to process and ID...
Crocidolomia pavonana (Crambidae, Glaphyriinae) my second here this year, a major pest on Cabbage crops
Eublemma dispar (Erebidae, Boletobiinae) - not completely sure where this sits as some references still have it as Autoba but others state that all Australian Autoba been transfered to Eublemma...
Radinocera vagata (Noctuidae, Argistinae) - only the second time I have caught this species with my only other record being from TI earlier this year
Hierodula werni - only the second record for Queensland of this large mantid, the first was from June this year slightly further south on the Cape
 

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Atropos

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We had the first heavy rain of the season over the weekend which unfortunately blew the power so was unable to trap, it has been clear and bright since then until last night so I was able to put the trap out. The rain has had a great impact with over 70 species on the sheet.
Agrius convolvuli (Sphingidae) - one of two species last night and my first convolvuli for quite some time
Anigraea ochrobasis (Eutilidae, Eutilinae) - was pleased to get a photo of this without its wings completely rolled up into tubes which is its normal resting position!
Circopetes obtusata (Geometridae, Oenochrominae) - an occasional visitor to my sheet, always nice to see fresh individuals
Creatonotos gangis (Erebidae, Arctiinae) - a nice fresh pink specimen, looks to be recently emerged as the colour fades quite quickly
Diasemia accalis (Crambidae, Spilomelinae) - first I have seen for several years and from the look of it the first record for the Cape north of Cairns.
 

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Atropos

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Second part from last night
Dichromodes mesotoma (Geometridae. Oenochrominae) - another very fresh individual
Eublemma silicula (Erebidae, Boletobiinae) - a regular on the sheet but not always in this condition!
Thallasodes dorsilinea (Geometridae, Geometrinae) - a nice individual clearly showing the dots on the end of the veins in the wings (most noticeable in the hindwing), these dots are the key feature for the very similar Pelagodes.
Tonica effractella (Depressaridae) - not caught one for a couple of weeks so nice to see it on the sheet
 

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ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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