A selection of moths to the light from the garden, beginning with a fresh female Entometa fervens, the Common Gum Snout Moth. (Lasiocampidae)

Some Geometrids, a female Teatree Emerald, Aeolochroma metarhodata, (Geometrinae)

Cleora sp (2) (MOV) female, (Boarmiini)

Aporoctena sp (1) (MOV) male, (Nacophorini)

The next moth, Maroga melanostigma, (Xylorictidae) one of the timber moths, fluttered around frantically and was only able to be thus photographed. This species is fairly common, and probably came from an Acacia floribunda that is being systematically eaten to death by the boring larvae.

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On this night large numbers of the Australian Native Budworm, Helicoverpa punctigera, (Heliothinae) descended on to the light and sheet, generally making a nuisance of themselves. Several other species of Noctuidae also came in including these two, male Agrotis munda and male Agrotis porphyricollis, (Noctuinae) Both these moths are interesting in that they have pectinate antennae, whereas Noctuids more generally have simple antennae.

Three smaller moths to conclude, Thallarcha sparsana, (Lithosiinae) the Fair Footman.

An Oecophorinae species,

And a Pyralid, Mimaglossa nauplialis.




Surprises happen.

Outside in the morning to hang some washing on the rotary hoist, looked up to get pegs and there they were, a mating pair of Endoxyla lituratus, (Cossidae) female above, male below.

This shot shows the differences in body between the two sexes.

After photos on the line the two were then taken for more natural shots on foliage, and then in a safer location under a dense shrub from where the female could go out to lay her eggs at night.





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