Moths On The Move.

A mild night before a change saw the moth light shining at home. Although it is still officially winter, signs of spring are already apparent, and moths should soon be about in increasing numbers. On this occasion only a dozen came in, mainly Geometrids of the warmer months getting an early start, the first being the common Crypsiphona ocultaria, (Geometrinae) This moth flies for much of the year, and the larvae feed on eucalypt foliage. The under-wing markings give this moth its common name.

The Red-lined Geometrid.

The second in was also very familiar, Melanodes anthracitaria, (Nacophorini). This plain black individual preferred to settle on the concrete, there are also white-patched forms. Again, the larvae are eucalypt feeders, and both the generic and specific names are clues to the common name.

The Black Geometrid.

Three Gastrina cristaria, (Nacophorini) came in, all males. The kink in the outer forewing line gives the common name.

The Wave-lined Geometrid.

Dissomorphia australiaria, (Macariini), sometimes settles with its wings folded.

The Dashed Geometrid.

The upper wing markings can be quite variable, larvae feed on wattles.

Two small Tortricids to conclude, hopefully the id’s are correct.

Epiphyas postvittana.

Acropolitis rudisana.

References and further reading,

Moths of Victoria Volumes 4, 5, 7.