The Bark Moths, #1.

This will be the first in a series on Ennominae moths detailed in Volume Seven of Moths of Victoria, with the majority from the tribe Boarmiini. As the name suggests, the colours and patterns resemble tree bark, enabling them to blend into backgrounds and escape detection by predators. Moths from twenty two genera will be included, photographed mainly in local forest sites during the last ten years. To begin, an image of a female Sinister Moth from the native garden. Like a number of species, males are most often to the light, females less so. The larvae feed on the foliage of a variety of trees and shrubs.


The Sinister Moth, Pholodes sinistraria, female.



The Buff Bark Moth, G. bitaeniaria, male.



The Striated Bark Moth, Euphronarcha luxaria, male.



MOV species 1,  male.


For more information on the status of these two moths and the above please refer to MOV Volume 7.

The Uniform Bark Moth, (Selidosema) agoraea, male.


The Clouded Bark Moth, (Selidosema) thermaea, female.

Click to enlarge,

References and further reading,
Moths of Victoria Volume 7.

To be continued.

The Nolidae #3.

Six more in the genus Nola,

The Neat Tuft-moth, Nola paroxynta.

The Inscribed Tuft-moth, Nola phaeogramma.

The Plain Tuft-moth, Nola pleurosema.

The Elegant Tuft-moth, Nola tholera.

The Dagger Tuft-moth, Nola vernalis.

This apparently undescribed species is interesting, in November 2012 it was collected in the Grampians, and in the same month it came to the light in the foothills locally. It is in MOV Volume 2 second edition as Nola Sp. (13)

It should be noted that since the publication of MOV 2 there has been a reclassification of the Nolidae, with the Nolinae now showing as a sub family of the Noctuidae, containing just the Nola genus. References and further reading, MOV Volume 2.