The first session for this spring was held at home, nights have been remaining cool but after a warm day the temperature was mild well into the evening. As has been mentioned, moths last season, in common with much insect life were down in numbers and species in this locality, it is to be hoped there will be a resurgence in the months ahead. Expectations were not high on this occasion due to the unfavourable weather conditions up until now, but as it turned out signs were hopeful with a reasonable selection of the more common species coming into the light.  One of the first in was an Eye Spot Anthelid, Anthela ocellata that missed being photographed, but here is one from the archives.

The most common Noctuid to the light was the Native Budworm, Helicoverpa punctigera, but a shaggy legged Ectopatria horologa was much more photogenic.

Geometrids were sparse, two Black Geometrids, Melanodes anthracitaria (Nacophorini) arrived, this was a not uncommon white-patched example.

This smaller Geometrid, Microdes villosata, (Larentiinae) is a less common moth to the light.

The Red-lined Geometrid, Crypsiphona occultaria, (Geometrinae) gets its common name from the under wing pattern not visible here.

The Crimson Tiger Moth, Spilosoma curvata (Arctiinae)  needs to fly for one to see the red colour.

A hint may be seen in this underneath view.

Another common moth from the garden population, the Two-coloured Notodontid, Sorama bicolor. In common with many of the moths in this post the larvae feed on eucalypt foliage.

Three smaller moths to conclude, Hellula hydralis, (Crambidae) a pest on brassicas.

Two from the Wingia group of the Oecophoridae, Euchaetis rhizobola.

And Ocystola paulinella.

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April In The Tall Forest.

With moth numbers in the low country much reduced due to climatic conditions, it was time to see what the situation was at a higher elevation. Gladstone Creek drains the country south of Mount Moornapa, and this tall forest has been probably the most productive site sampled, with many good records in the abundant species to the light over recent years. The trees and tall shrubs looked in reasonable condition despite the drought, but the bracken fern had largely died off with only an odd green frond to be seen. Thankfully this area escaped the recent fires that burnt huge expanses of the nearby ranges, but despite those fires, notices tacked to trees advised that the department intends to burn another large adjacent block of bush. A warm calm night was ideal, but again, as in recent sessions, moths were slow arriving and low in numbers.

However, all was not lost with the first in an interesting small Hepialid, Fraus simulans.

It always pays to check the back of the sheet, and on this occasion doubly so, for there was a moth that has apparently only recently become established in the state, Holocryptis phasianura. (Acontiinae) This was just the second local sighting after the first was photographed on a window pane in November 2011, link.

Also a good sighting was the unusual Chlenias MOV sp (6) (Nacophorini) a male.

MOV 5 notes that a thorough revision of the genus Chlenias is needed. This is a female, possibly from the banksiaria group.

Another Geometrid, (Azelina) biplaga, (Lithinini)

And Hypobapta tachyhalotaria, (Geometrinae)

Epicoma MOV sp (1) (Notodontidae) is regular at this site, this was a very fresh male.

Two Noctuids to conclude, Proteuxoa restituta, (Amphipyrinae)

And Sandava scitisignata, (Hypeninae)

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References and further reading
Moths of Victoria Volumes 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

All moths photographed can be seen here.