Even more from the garden.

One can get used to familiar moths coming to the light at regularly sampled locations, so it is good to come across something different and interesting from time to time. A very small moth was seen to fly in and land on a correa where it was duly photographed, a Thema species. (Oecophoridae)

Moths in the family Carposinidae are known as Fruit Worm Moths, Carposina hyperlopha is a very attractive example that flies in autumn. This is another with nice markings that came in from the garden for the first time the other night, Sosineura mimica.

A calm night with a little drizzle saw a Ring-tipped Bark Moth fly in, Syneora hemeropa, (Boarmiini). This was only the second Victorian record since 1931, its status in the state is something of a mystery. It may be a rarely recorded resident, or a vagrant that flies in occasionally. The tattered wing tips on this specimen may indicate that it has flown for some distance.

An Oecophorid that is a regular to the light is Euchaetis rhizobola.

In the same family is Stathmopoda melanochra, the larvae of this small moth are carnivorous and feed on scale insects which can cause significant damage to shrubs and young trees.

The larva of Ocystola paulinella joins two leaves together with silk and frass to form a shelter in which it lives. It feeds on the surfaces of the leaves of its shelter in which it eventually pupates.

Moths in the Crambidae are noted for their colours and patterns, Scoparia exhibitalis is an Australia wide species strongly marked in black and white..

This moth, Ochrogaster lunifer, (Notodontidae) is the adult of the processional caterpillar. If encountered it should not be handled, as skin may be penetrated by toxic filaments that can have serious consequences. More information here.

References and further reading.
Moths of Victoria Volume 7,
Australian Moths.





Moths of Victoria Volume Seven has this to say about the genus Cleora.

“Victorian Cleora specimens have been separated into four species in this book: Cleora spp (1), (2), (3) and (4), Assignments are based on size, shape, and general appearance. However there seems to be some variation within each, which may indicate that more than one species may be involved.”

On a warmer night a number of sp (2) came to the light from the garden, and the variations in these five very attractive male moths  can be seen in the images below.





Further reading,
Moths of Victoria Volume 7.