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Autumn Mothing #3

It was back up into the foothills and Gladstone Creek for this session. There had been some rain since the last visit, and the vegetation was looking a lot fresher. There was some water in the pool beneath the cliff too, the birds would appreciate that. With the light shining soon after 6 PM, action was slow in beginning, in fact that was the story for the whole night, moth arrivals were widely spaced, but happily the quality was there with some good records. One of the early ones was a female Nisista, named in MOV 5 as sp. (1), Ennominae, Nacophorini. it was able to be photographed with wings closed and also widely spread showing the hind wings.

Another in the same group was Cassythaphaga macarta, the Cassytha Cape-moth, an autumn flying moth that was photographed at the same location just twelve months ago. The habitat must be to its liking.

As it also appears to be for another regular at this spot, Epicoma sp. (1), (MOV 2)

At the risk of being repetitive, Hylaeora eucalypti, the Gum Rough-head, Notodontidae,  is another moth that likes this tall-forested area. This pristine individual landed on the ground sheet from where it was moved to safer surroundings.

And this is the feature that gives the moth its common name, quite beautiful in closeup.

Rhinodia rostraria, the Necklace Geometrid, Ennominae, Caberini, flies for nine months of the year with April the last before winter. It is a moth that often holds its wings vertically and that can make for a nice photo. It can be quite a wait for it to spread its wings enough to photograph the upper surface.

This Noctuid was spotted low down on the stand behind the sheet, at the moment its identity is under investigation.

The Epidesmias, Oenochrominae,  are also known as triangular moths for obvious reasons. this is Epidesmia tryxaria, the Neat Epidesmia,  showing the dark palpi that are a distinguishing feature.

All the moths photographed can be seen here.

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References and further reading, Moths of Victoria Volumes 2,4, 5, and 7.



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