Moths, A Retrospective #4

The Triangular Hawk Moth, Coequosa triangularis is one of our most spectacular large moths, and is more likely to be encountered in the far east of the state. The larvae feed on Coastal and Sawtooth Banksias, and in February 2012 one came in at Holey Plains State Park  where the latter is abundant.

This individual with an unusual and beautiful colour variation was photographed a few years later by a family member at Marlo. Sexes of this moth are similar.

Staying with large moths, MOV 4 notes of Oenochroma vetustaria “Though widespread,¬† this large species of the Victorian forests is rarely seen.” While mothing in the tall forest below Mount Moornapa in November 2014, a female came in and was luckily discovered settled on the leaf litter.

The Ribbed Wine Moth.

The Suffused Tuft-moth, Aquita plagiochyta is another moth of the Eucalypt woodlands, records have been relatively few although it is probably widespread in Gippsland. (MOV 2) It has come to the light at several locations, eg. Holey Plains, and this one at Bull Creek in the Mitchel River NP in March 2014.

The Tiny Tussock Moth, Oligeria hemicalla is another species that is not often seen. This is a male from Swallow Lagoon NCR at Munro, November 2011. The females are flightless.

The Banded Epyaxa, Epyaxa hyperthyra has only come to the light on one occasion, September 2011, when two females came in at home.

A Footman with a small number of Victorian records is the Five-banded Footman, Hectobrocha pentacyma. In January 2013 this record was made in foothill forest at Valencia Creek.

And to conclude this series, a Many-plumed Moth, Alucita phricodes. The larvae feed on Pandorea pandorana, or Wonga Vine, one of which was growing in the home garden a few metres from where this one came to the light in November 2011. Victorian records are not to hand at this time.

That concludes this series on some of the interesting and unusual records made over the last decade. With the weather warming, outings and new posts should begin again soon.

References, Moths of Victoria Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4.




Moths, A Retrospective #3

MOV 6 notes of Oxycanus janeus, “Until it was recognised as present in Victoria in 2009, this species was only known from NSW. Since then new and old records have been located from the eastern half of Victoria.” In May 2011 one was attracted to the house lights and settled on a window pane, it was on the south western edge of its known range. The image is turned to a horizontal aspect for convenience.


Also on a window pane, this small but spectacular male Psychid, Cebysa leucotelus. Larvae feed on lichen, and the female is flightless, one can be seen here.

Females in the Pinara genus “rarely come to lights, and males almost never do” (MOV 1) In January 2012 a male from the Pinara divisa complex decided to be an exception to the rule.

There are two Victorian species in the genus Acatapaustus, metallopa and leucospila. The former is found in the south eastern quarter of the state, and came to the home light in November 2011.


A. leucospila however, with just three Victorian records when MOV 2 edition 2 was published, is known from the far east. This individual came to the light at Billygoat Bend, Mitchell River N P in March 2014. Larvae feed on eucalypt foliage.


Also from the Nolidae, and with a relatively small number of records is Nola epicentra. This species was photographed in two similar locations, Providence Ponds Flora and Fauna Reserve, and this one at Holey Plains State Park in February 2012.


To be continued.

References and further reading,
P Marriott, A Kallies,
Moths of Victoria Volumes 1, 2, and 6.