Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Agrotis NOCTUIDAE

Of the five moths below that we are supposed to be likely to find in this area, I have only ever been able to reasonably identify two,  Agrotis porphyricollis and Agrotis munda.
A. porphyricollis is fairly distinctive where A. munda and some of  the others are very similar, especially where the moths are not in the best condition. A. porphyricollis is only an occasional visitor here where A. munda is a regular pretty much all year round.

 Agrotis porphyricollis NOCTUINAE NOCTUIDAE








 Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- NOCTUINAE
Genus:- Agrotis
Species:- porphyricollis





 This one is in poor condition but is in its usual at rest position.











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 Agrotis munda NOCTUINAE NOCTUIDAE


The larval food plants of A. munda are many of our cereal and fodder crops where they can be a serious pest:-  Barley, cotton, lucerne, tobacco, tomato, maize and various vegetables.





Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- NOCTUINAE
Genus:- Agrotis
Species:- munda




















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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

 Aedia NOCTUIDAE

 Aedia leucomelas Sub Sp acronyctoides ACRONICTINAE NOCTUIDAE

Aedia leucomelas, the leucomelas species is fairly common through out Europe. The Australian representitive is sub species A. acronyctoides and is known through northern Australia and down the east coast and in South Australia.
The larvae have been found on Convolvulus erubescens (Convolvulaceae) and Chondrilla juncea (Asteraceae).




Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- ACRONICTINAE
Genus:- Aedia 
Species:- leucomelas
Sub Species:- acronyctoides





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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Acontia  NOCTUIDAE   Week 3

  This is the final lot from Acontia. Although I have some other photos they are closely matched with the ones I am presenting here.

These are possibly Acontia detrita (Sometimes referred to as Acontia clarissa )






 Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- ACONTIINAE
Genus:- Acontia
Species:- possibly detrita species




















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I think this is Acontia crocata



Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- ACONTIINAE 
Genus:- Acontia
Species:- possibly crocata species but I may be wrong because I think they are possibly too tropical for us.





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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Acontia NOCTUIDAE Week 2

These moths are tentatively named mostly by the elimination of the ones that they are least likely to be. This can hardly be called exacting or reliable, however the sample photos is what matters in this case. Positive identification is really not possible from the photos alone.




Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- ACONTIINAE 
Genus:- Acontia
Species:-  Possibly elaeoa species












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Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- ACONTIINAE 
Genus:- Acontia
Species:-  all four are possibly nivipicta species


















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