A session at home, again with larger moths fairly low in numbers.
Pantydia sparsa, (Erebidae)
Proteuxoa amaurodes, (Amphipyrinae)
Proteuxoa tortisigna, (Amphipyrinae)
Epidesmia tryxaria, (Oenochrominae) The Neat Epidesmia, note the dark palpi.
Spilosoma curvata, (Arctiinae) the common name only becomes obvious when the moth is in flight, seen here fluttering up the sheet.
Anthela acuta, (Anthelidae).
Going down in size, Dichromodes MOV sp(4) also recorded previously at home.
Hednota pleniferella, (Crambidae)
Olbonoma triptycha, (Oecophoridae) several worn specimens to the light, this one was in pristine condition.
From small to even smaller. A check of the sunlit Xerochrysums revealed a tiny moth that when displayed on the monitor showed itself to be a first, a Fairy Moth, family Adelidae. A check online gives the genus as Nemophora, the species is as yet unclear. A brilliant little moth with the long antennae typical of the family.
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Found around the house and garden during the daytime, and to the moth light at night.
Neumichtis nigerrima, (Amphipyrinae) is one of the many Noctuids that are agricultural or garden pests. This one was found and photographed on the verandah tiles
The front verandah is also a location where resting Ectropis moths are quite often found. This individual is quite worn with many of the distinguishing features faded but the dip in the hind wing line suggests that it is Ectropis bispinaria, (Boarmiinae)
Spectrotota fimbrialis, (Pyralidae) is abundant, this was a nice specimen on a tree trunk.
Also found on a tree trunk, this nicely marked small moth for the time remains anonymous.
Disturbed while gardening this moth was very elusive and only one photo was taken when it landed on a persoonia. It is Tortricopsis pyroptis, (Oecophoridae)
Also anonymous for now this tiny but colourful Oecophorid found nectaring on a Xerochrysum.
The Heliotrope Moth, Utetheisa pulchelloides, (Arctiinae) can migrate south in big numbers. Just two came to the light, the second shot while fluttering shows the hind wings.
February and March are the main flight months for Elhamma australasiae, (Hepialidae) They can come to the light in large numbers, plain females and smaller patterned males.