The Nolidae #1.

Also known as Tuft-moths, and the species to be shown here are from the subfamily Nolinae, of which MOV 2 notes “The adults are mostly small and grey, and a number of species remain to be identified.” Uraba lugens, the Gumleaf Skeletoniser however is a very common moth, coming frequently to the light. The larvae are known as hatted caterpillars, as “when they moult they leave the old head capsules attached to the new”.

By no means common are two species of Acatapaustus, metallopa and leucospila. The former came to the light just twice in five years, with once for the latter. On the first occasion A. metallopa came in from the garden, the second record being from the box/ironbark bush at Glenmaggie, both male moths.

The Halved Tuft-moth.

The one instance of A. leucospila coming to the light was a female  in the Mitchell River National Park. It is probably more common further east.

The White-spot Tuft-moth.

Aquita plagiochyta, the Suffused Tuft-moth has come to the light in a variety of locations, showing it to be quite widespread.

Elesma subglauca, the Grey Elesma has been recorded from several forest sites.

There is another Elesma species, MOV Elesma sp(1) which came to the light on one occasion in the Glenmaggie  box/ironbark bush.

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To be continued.
References and further reading, Moths of Victoria Volume 2.

Colours Of The Night

Although moths are largely creatures of the night and could perhaps be expected to be drab in appearance, in fact they range from plain black or white to colours that can be subtle or brilliant. Wing patterns too can be cryptic or flamboyant, size can be from tiny to large, and the following images illustrate some of the moths displaying these characteristics that can be highlights of a night’s mothing.

The Wingia genus, (Oecophoridae) has eight Australian members of which three have been photographed locally, they are always a delight to see come to the light.

Wingia aurata.

Wingia hesperidella.

Wingia lambertella.

Aeolochroma metarhodata, the Tea-tree Emerald (Geometrinae) can be quite variable, these two images show some beautiful subtle colour.

Anything but subtle, the Showy Geometrid, Niceteria macrocosma,

And the Bright Geometrid, Lychnographa agaura, both from the Nacophorini.

The latter species photographed on the forest floor.

A tiny jewel to conclude, Cebysa leucotelus, (Psychidae) a pristine male photographed on a window pane, click image to enlarge.