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Gladstone Creek drains the country south of Mount Moornapa, as may have been mentioned previously, and the vegetation is tall forest with an understory along the creek of species including Pomaderris aspera, Prostanthera lasianthos, and Elaeaocarpus reticulatus to name just three of the most obvious. Many mothing sessions have been conducted there, and it is always interesting to observe the same species from this particular vegetation mix come to the light in season. There is though, always the possibility of something new and/or out of the ordinary turning up, and that was the case on this outing. This time of the year inevitably sees many Elhamma australasiae (Hepialidae) come in, this male was photographed away from the sheet.

Austroterpna sp. (1) (Geometrinae) has been an uncommon local record, although MOV 4 notes that it is widespread in forested areas. At the moment a specific name has not been able to be allocated with certainty.

Emeralds are always nice to see, also from the Geometrinae is this female Chlorocoma carenaria, the aptly named Veined Emerald.

Staying with Geometrids but moving into the Oenochrominae, this is a very fresh female  Dichromodes mesogonia, the Banded Heath Moth.

And at the other end of the size scale, Monoctenia sp. (1), a first record here.

Taxeotis species are common in the forested areas, this unusual specimen of the variable Taxeotis sp. (1) was a good find. Its tattered left side wings were digitally repaired for the image.

Arrade destituta, the Cryptic Snout,  is a tiny Noctuid in the Hypeninae.

Smaller still is this Thema endesma, (Oecophorinae) spotted and photographed on a Pomaderris leaf close to the light.

Also tiny, Crocanthes micradelpha, (Lecithoceridae)

Another uncommonly encountered moth, the Tiny Tussock Moth, Oligeria hemicalla, (Lymantriidae) a male, females are flightless.

Finally one of the many Hednota, (Crambinae) H. opulentellus.

All moths photographed on the night can be seen here.

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References and further reading,

M Hewish, P. Marriott,

MOV, Volumes 2, 4, 6, 8.

A late summer outing found the bush very dry with the smaller shrubs struggling to survive. With the rig set up prior to darkness, the first job was to look through the foliage of the big Exocarpos cupressiformis, or wild cherry in the hope of finding something interesting. On this occasion the jackpot was struck with several males of sp(1) (MOV) in the Amata nigriceps group (Ctenuchinae) discovered perched in the foliage. Later, one came in to the light.

The lichen moth most commonly encountered is Asura lydia, this is the Spotted Lichen Moth, Asura cervicalis. (Lithosiinae)

A new record for the location was appropriately a dry country moth, the Golden Crest, Prorocopis euxantha, (Erebidae) Golden refers to the hind wings that were unfortunately not displayed. The crest which can be raised is visible lowered in the lateral view.

A smaller Noctuid, the Common Hookwing, Corgatha dipyra, (Acontiinae)

Another first was the Jagged Bark Moth, Lipogya exprimataria. (Boarmiinae)

Also in the Boarmiinae, Cleora sp(2) (MOV)

One of the many Dichromodes, D. obtusata, (Oenochrominae)

Two moths from the Pyralidae, Ocrasa acerasta,

And Endotricha pyrosalis.

And to finish, a micro moth. This tiny moth measured approximately three millimetres in length. Its very small size can be gauged in the image by comparing it with the weave of the sheet.

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References and further reading,
Moths of Victoria Volumes 2, 4, 7, and 8.






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