On the third of January this year, a big surprise was finding a Batwing Moth caterpillar on an Angophora costata in the garden, post here. Then in May, an adult of this autumn flying species came to the light, raising the intriguing possibility that a population was becoming established in the garden. Two days ago while looking for photographic subjects on the garden trees, one of the Forest Red Gums came up with the goods.
Yes, another Batwing Moth caterpillar in its daytime retreat from where it goes up into the canopy at night to feed. This individual is larger than the one photographed in January, being one hundred and thirty millimetres long from head to tail, an impressive creature.
This development seems to confirm that we now have a population of this spectacular big moth in our garden trees, that include several species of eucalypt plus two of the angophoras. It will be interesting to continue monitoring this species in our trees.
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A selection of moths to the light from the garden, beginning with a fresh female Entometa fervens, the Common Gum Snout Moth. (Lasiocampidae)
Some Geometrids, a female Teatree Emerald, Aeolochroma metarhodata, (Geometrinae)
Cleora sp (2) (MOV) female, (Boarmiini)
Aporoctena sp (1) (MOV) male, (Nacophorini)
The next moth, Maroga melanostigma, (Xylorictidae) one of the timber moths, fluttered around frantically and was only able to be thus photographed. This species is fairly common, and probably came from an Acacia floribunda that is being systematically eaten to death by the boring larvae.
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On this night large numbers of the Australian Native Budworm, Helicoverpa punctigera, (Heliothinae) descended on to the light and sheet, generally making a nuisance of themselves. Several other species of Noctuidae also came in including these two, male Agrotis munda and male Agrotis porphyricollis, (Noctuinae) Both these moths are interesting in that they have pectinate antennae, whereas Noctuids more generally have simple antennae.
Three smaller moths to conclude, Thallarcha sparsana, (Lithosiinae) the Fair Footman.
An Oecophorinae species,
And a Pyralid, Mimaglossa nauplialis.