The Lasiocampidae #5


Four named Victorian species, one recorded locally.

“The unresolved Pinara divisa complex has at least three species found in Victoria” (MOV 1)
Also noted, “Females rarely come to the light and males almost never do”

One can get lucky though as will be seen, but firstly, this female was found and photographed on a garden red gum where she had just laid some eggs.

Three years earlier an inquisitive female did in fact come to the light on the verandah.

And in a stroke of luck, a male was an exception to the rule and came in from the garden.

Reference and further reading,
Moths of Victoria Volume 1.

The Lasiocampidae #3


Moths in this genus are very attractive, five species are noted for Victoria in MOV 1, and two have come to the light locally, Genduara punctigera and Genduara subnotata, all females. Food plants include the Cherry Ballart, Exocarpos cupressiformis. Males and females have pectinate antennae, and the common name of Clear-winged Snout Moths refers to the males that have semi transparent wings. The first, with abbreviated wings, recorded in 2007, was noticed walking across the sandy ground at Providence Ponds Flora and Fauna Reserve.

Genduara punctigera.

Genduara subnotata.

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Reference and further reading,
Moths of Victoria Volume 1