Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Family CRAMBIDAE

Having just updated the index page, I realised that there were not many photos from the family Crambidae. The family contains some of our brightest coloured moths.
They used to be included in the family PYRALIDAE, but are now in a group of their own.
There are some members of CRAMBIDAE whose caterpillars spend their life underwater eating pond weed.





Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:- Deuterarcha
Species:- xanthomela


A common species in inland Australia and Eastern ranges.











Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:- Diathrausta
Species:- ochreipennis











Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:- Dichocrosis
Species:- clytusalis





The larval food plants of Dichocrosis clytusalis are Brachychiton.
This moth has had a number of name changes over the years.






 Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:- Glyphodes
Species:- onychinalis








Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:- Glyphodes
Species:- pulverulentalis




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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Moths from the last week

 We still have not had any rain and some of the plants are beginning to show signs of stress. Despite the lack of rain, the last week has produced quite a lot of new moths, many that I have not seen before and have yet to identify.
However , this weeks selection contains two new and two old.

Amata aperta CTENUCHINAE ARCTIIDAE

 





 Family:- ARCTIIDAE
Sub Family:- CTENUCHINAE
Genus:- Amata
Species:- aperta




 


In our case the larval food plant is probably dead Eucalyptus leaves.

 

 

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Dysgonia latizona CATOCALINAE NOCTUIDAE




Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- CATOCALINAE
Genus:- Dysgonia
Species:- latizona






This quite a large moth and the larval food plant here is probably a Breynia Sp (PHYLLANTHACEAE)


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Notarcha aurolinealis SPILOMELINAE CRAMBIDAE




Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:- Notarcha
Species:- polytimeta








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Cernia amyclaria OENOCHROMINAE GEOMETRIDAE



Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- OENOCHROMINAE
Genus:- Cernia
Species:- amyclaria




This is another moth whose larvae feed on Eucalyptus.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

More from the family GEOMETRIDAE

 The first moth this week is reasonably common here. They can be quite spectacular if you ever happen to see one on a window with the light behind it.

 Crypsiphona ocultaria GEOMETRINAE GEOMETRIDAE


 

Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- GEOMETRINAE
Genus:- Crypsiphona
Species:- ocultaria

The Larvae feed on the leaves of Eucalyptus.


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Parepisparis excusata OENOCHROMINAE GEOMETRIDAE



Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- GEOMETRINAE
Genus:- Parepisparis
Species:- excusata

They are also said to feed on Eucalyptus leaves.


Parepisparis virgatus OENOCHROMINAE GEOMETRIDAE



Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- GEOMETRINAE
Genus:- Parepisparis
Species:- virgatus



The unusual body position when at rest is typical of these moths and is said to help disguise its outline and make it less conspicuous among dead leaves.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Many-plume Moths

Many-plume Moths


Family:- ALUCITIDAE
Sub Family:-
Genus:- Alucita
Species:- phricodes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alucita phricodes ALUCITIDAE

The most common of the Many-plume moths. If you look carefully at the structure of the wings you will see that they are made up of what look a bit like feathers.
They are thought to breed on Bower Vine (Pandorea jasminoides) and Wonga Vine (Pandorea pandorana).


 

 

 Family:- ALUCITIDAE
Sub Family:-
Genus:- Alucita
Species:- pygmaea

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alucita pygmaea ALUCITIDAE

This is the other Many-plume moth that we get here. It is also the smallest.
It's total wingspan is about 8mm and sometimes less.
Breeds on Wild Lemon ( Canthium oleifolium, RUBIACEAE ).


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Moth Size

The size of moths can vary at times, particularly if we have a prolonged period of dry weather. Although it is noticeable in moths it is more pronounced in butterflies. It may also be caused by other things like the lack of the correct larval food plant, or an event like early rain then dry, which may causes them to pupate early. 

 

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 Lophotoma metabula HYPENINAE NOCTUIDAE




Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- HYPENINAE
Genus:- Lophotoma
Species:- metabula








I am pretty sure these are the same species. The top one, on close inspection, has large areas of wing scales missing. The lower one was photographed some time ago and was in good condition.








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Dithalama cosmospila STERRHINAE GEOMETRIDAE

 

 


 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- STERRHINAE
Genus:- Dithalama
Species:- cosmospila

 

 

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Phrissogonus laticostata LARENTIINAE GEOMETRIDAE

 


Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- LARENTIINAE
Genus:- Phrissogonus
Species:- laticostata







Phrissogonus laticostata LARENTIINAE GEOMETRIDAE
Feeds on the flowers & buds of Acacia (Mimosaceae), but has also been found on Apple, Clematis Aristata and St John's Wort.


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