The Lasiocampidae #4


Two Victorian species, P. chlorophragma from the north west, and P pusilla state wide. This moth, the Casuarina Moth  was sought without success among the Allocasuarina verticillata in Holey Plains State Park, and other locations, but a larva was found. Click larva to enlarge.

However,  the home garden has an Allocasuarina littoralis, and in January 2018 a male came in to the light. This tree occurs naturally less than five kilometres away on a back road, possibly the source of the home population.

Reference and further reading,
Moths of Victoria Volume 1

Visitors to the light.

Lots of insects other than moths come to the moth light, and on some nights they can cover the sheet and make the job quite difficult. The first image was from such a night, a small part of the sheet with a longicorn beetle and many small insects with two Dichromodes obtusata.

Assassin bugs of many types come to the light frequently.

A similar insect is a damsel bug, also a predator of soft bodied insects.

Wasps are common visitors, eg. this ichneumon species.

Less common are members of the Odonata, like this Austrolestes leda female.

Very common are some of the cockroaches that abound in the bush.

Click to enlarge.