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InĀ  the past the native garden has produced a wide variety of moths, but lately for some unknown reason that hasn’t been the case. However it is still worth the effort occasionally, and a session held recently saw a small number come to the light, a few of which follow. The first was a very fresh and quite beautiful Pyralid, Endotricha pyrosalis.

Only two species of Geometrid appeared, one being a male Gastrina cristaria.

Proteuxoa sanguinipuncta is a common Noctuid to the light, the larvae feed on grasses and can be a minor pasture pest. The adult moth though is very striking and always worth a photo.

The small timber moth Tymbophora peltastis was featured in the post on the Xyloryctidae, two came in on this occasion, note the upturned palps, a feature of timber moths.

The most spectacular moth to come in was a Convolvulus Hawk Moth, Agrius convolvuli. As the name suggests, the larvae feed on plants in the Convolvulaceae family. After fluttering around for quite some time it finally settled on the sheet, and when packing up for the night it was carefully relocated to a nearby Grevillea Robyn Gordon.

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Nyctemera amicus is a fairly common visitor to the moth light, and as the first name suggests, the larval food plants include the Groundsels or Fireweeds, Senecio species, as well as certain other plants in the Asteraceae. A random glance upwards recently was rewarded by the sighting of this mating pair on the house eave lining, the male is recognisable by the broader pectinations of its antennae. For photographers reading, the RAW Nikon NEF file was processed in the highly recommended free open-source RawTherapee program to produce the jpeg image below.

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