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The purpose of this Blog is to make a visual list of the moths that I have photographed over the last couple of years on our property just North of Toowoomba in Queensland Australia.

A visual list is necessary, since restricting the publishing of moth photos to only those I can positively identify could mean leaving out up to half the moths that could be living in this area.

So far I have found over 400 species that I have been able to identify with reasonable accuracy with about 150 I have yet to identify, from our 2 acre lot, and I continue to find new moths every time I look for them.

Mostly the moths are photographed live on a large window and they are mostly attracted by house lighting or a small UV "party light". Occasionally for difficult situations I will use catch and release techniques but this is a rare exception.

I make every effort to identify the moths correctly, however positive identification by photo only down to species level is not 100% reliable. The usual method of positive identification is by disecting the moth.

If you are able to identify an unnamed, partially named or incorrectly named moth with reasonable certainty please let me know.

You may comment but any comments will be moderated and may not appear for some time until I have had a chance to look at them. This is necessary because there are some people out there who delight in abusing the system.

Don Gardner
April 2015

2 comments:

  1. I enjoy your blog so much, Don. A number of your species I've found down here in the Boonah district. However I think I have more unidentified moths than identified!

    A friend recently discovered a new butterfly for the area - Chaetocneme denitza Ornate Dusk-flat or Rare Redeye. I'll put it on the Fassifern Field Naturalists blog next week.

    Lesley Beaton

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  2. Dear Don,
    I was looking through a recent copy of the Toowoomba Field Nats. Newsletter and saw your wife’s article on your talk about moths of Toowoomba. I like you am very much an amateur though I collect moths for a closer study as many cannot be identified from a photograph.
    I have had a quick look through your blog and love the images and notices a few areas of difference all very plausible and excusable. The one big problem we have as armatures is keeping up, there have been many changes over the past few years and mostly not done in Australia. We do not have and could not afford to keep up with the many papers published each year. Much of what I know about these changes is found by accident.
    Here are some things I know:
    Your LYMANTRIIDAE poss Euproctis sp is in fact Notodontidae; Thaumetopoeinae; Trichiocercus sparshalli
    The genus Eustixis has now reverted to Lactura see attached ruling.
    Digama marmoreal is now Sommeria marmoreal, this also brings up the family Aganaidae which is now a subfamily of the newly formed (about 2012) family Erebidae. The family Erebidae has split up the family Noctuidae and includes the old family Arctiidae as a subfamily Erebidae Arctiinae. There are many changes in this area around the Noctuidae. I use the Bold site http:/www.boldsystems.org/index.php/TaxBrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=33532 for the Family and subfamily though I believe it is not perfect but tries to keep up with the changes. I believe their inclusion of the subfamily Catocalinae in Erebidae as incorrect (see attached paper). Catocalinae was a subfamily in Noctuidae which was split into several parts and I believe there is now no such thing as Catocalinae.
    Some sites I use:
    A Germen site with images of the family Noctuidae from the Australian National Insect Collection. The placement here is based on the 1996 Checklist of Lepidoptera of Australian. This does not take into account the new family of Erebidae.
    http://www.noctuidae.de/page/hauptseite/index.html
    For the correct placement of the Pyralidae and Crambidae:
    http://globiz.pyraloidea.org/(X(1)A(QMK25vkJ0wEkAAAAMWY2YzNmNjMtMTUyNy00ZjAwLWIzOTAtNDEzM2UzZGM2OTUwwVKmAtxqtZzI9b6ZI9IPs_nS_EQ1))/Pages/Reports/TaxonReport.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fPages%2fReports%2fTaxonomyReport.aspx%3fAspxAutoDetectCookieSupport%3d1&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
    Cheers and happy Mothing
    Peter Hendry
    P.S. I live a Sheldon a suburb of Redland City adjoining Brisbane but have mothed in many parts of Queensland as well as NSW.

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