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Garden Moths, November.

For some unknown reason moths from the garden are no longer as numerous or as varied, compared with earlier years of mothing. Nevertheless it’s still worth while to shine the light occasionally to see how things are going, these are from a warm night with no moon.

The Coprosma Hawk Moth, Hippotion scrofa. (Sphingidae)
The larvae feed on a variety of garden plants.

An early arrival was a white-patched Black Geometrid, Melanodes anthracitaria. (Ennominae)

Stepping down in size, several species of Noctuid came in.

Ectopatria horologa, (Noctuinae)

Agrotis porphyricollis (Noctuinae)
This species has striking pectinate antennae unlike many Noctuids whose antennae are simple.

Proteuxoa species. (Amphipyrinae)

Leucania diatrecta, (Hadeninae)

Leucania venalba, (Hadeninae)

Chrysodeixis subsidens (Plusiinae)

Mataeomera mesotaenia, (Acontiinae)

And finally, going down in size again to some nice little Oecophorids.

Olbonoma triptycha.

Garrha ocellifera.

Heteroteucha dichroella.

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A very calm warm night by Gladstone Creek began with large numbers of scarab beetles, bark cockroaches, and flying ants attracted to the light and generally making things difficult. Luckily moths were slow to arrive, giving the nuisance insects time to wear themselves out and settle on the groundsheet. Geometrids were well represented in the night’s tally, with quite a few Noctuids and the usual complement of smaller moths. The last to come in as pack up time approached was an Emperor Gum moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti. (Saturniidae)

Circopetes obtusata (Oenochrominae) had often been photographed with all individuals being female, but on this night a male arrived. It refused to settle on the sheet but after a lengthy pursuit with the torch it was photographed in a natural setting.

Both species of Bracken Moth, Idiodes apicata and Idiodes siculoides (Boarmiinae, Lithinini) were on the wing, the latter can be identified by the pale strip between the antennae and the pale leading edge of the forewing.

Idiodes apicata.

Idiodes siculoides.

MOV Volume 3 notes that the Black-lined Carpet, Chrysolarentia plagiocausta (Larentiinae) is widespread although not commonly encountered.

The Varied Grey, Hypobapta tachyhalotaria (Geometrinae) is a regular in the area.

Victorian moths in the Praxis genus, (Noctuidae) are under revision at the moment.

Two Anthelids came in, Anthela acuta, and Anthela repleta. Both these species are variable and more than one species may be involved for both. (MOV Volume 1)

Anthela acuta.

Anthela repleta.

A Tuft-moth to conclude, the Inscribed Tuft-moth, Nola phaeogramma, (Nolinae)

All moths photographed on the night can be seen here.

References and further reading,
Moths of Victoria Volumes 1,2,3,4, and 7.

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