The Lasiocampidae #5


Four named Victorian species, one recorded locally.

“The unresolved Pinara divisa complex has at least three species found in Victoria” (MOV 1)
Also noted, “Females rarely come to the light and males almost never do”

One can get lucky though as will be seen, but firstly, this female was found and photographed on a garden red gum where she had just laid some eggs.

Three years earlier an inquisitive female did in fact come to the light on the verandah.

And in a stroke of luck, a male was an exception to the rule and came in from the garden.

Reference and further reading,
Moths of Victoria Volume 1.

The Lasiocampidae #4


Two Victorian species, P. chlorophragma from the north west, and P pusilla state wide. This moth, the Casuarina Moth  was sought without success among the Allocasuarina verticillata in Holey Plains State Park, and other locations, but a larva was found. Click larva to enlarge.

However,  the home garden has an Allocasuarina littoralis, and in January 2018 a male came in to the light. This tree occurs naturally less than five kilometres away on a back road, possibly the source of the home population.

Reference and further reading,
Moths of Victoria Volume 1