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A warm night was characterised by the large number of small moths to the light with a relatively small number of larger species coming in. The most spectacular of the latter was a female Showy Geometrid, Niceteria macrocosma, (Ennominae, Nacophorini.)

Two more in the same sub-family, the Grey-caped Line-moth, Stibaroma melanotoxa,

And the Orange-hooded Crest-moth, Fisera eribola.

The Jagged Bark Moth, Lipogya exprimataria, (Ennominae, Boarmiinae) was still on the wing and in larger numbers following last months sightings. The larvae apparently feed on the foliage of Exocarpos species, this male, one of several, was photographed on an E. cupressiformis.

From the Geometrinae, a female Rhuma sp(3) (MOV)

Noctuids were scarce on the night, one arrival was this Cosmodes elegans, (Amphipyrinae)

The Gum-leaf Skeletoniser, Uraba lugens, (Nolinae) is a common moth in the forest, the larvae are known as hatted caterpillars as they retain their old head capsules attached to the new as they grow and moult.

Musotima ochropteralis is a very attractive small Crambid. The larvae are said to feed on Maidenhair Fern, Adiantum aethiopicum.

To conclude, a strikingly marked Oecophorid, Epithymema incomposita.

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More moths from the night can be seen here.

References and further reading,

Moths of Victoria Volumes 2, 4, 5, and 7.

Garden Moths, March.

A cool night with close to a full moon and a light breeze was not ideal, but a couple of hours saw a reasonable selection come in to the light. The first was one of several Crypsiphona ocultaria, the Red-lined Geometrid, a common but very neat species. (Geometrinae.)

Another early arrival to the sheet situated near a big grevillea, was the Hakea Wine Moth, Oenochroma vinaria. (Oenochrominae) As the name suggests, the larvae of this moth graze on plants in the Proteaceae.

Also in the Geometrinae is Diffundens Grey, Hypobapta diffundens.

The biggest surprise for this session in the garden was a female Lucas’ Stub-moth, Discophlebia lucasii,. (Oenosandridae) It preferred to land on a rusty weight stabilising the rig against the breeze, where it was well camouflaged.

Doratifera oxleyi, (Limacodidae) is known as the Painted Cup-moth for the brightly coloured larvae. This is a fat-bodied female.

A few Noctuids arrived, among them quite a number of Proteuxoa tortisigna. (Amphipyrinae)

The small Crambid Nacoleoi rhoeoalis, (Spilomelinae) is notable for its flamboyant antennae.

Among the smaller moths to come in were these two Tortricids, Epitymbia scotinopa, and an unidentified species.

A small Oecophorid to conclude, Palimmeces poecilella.

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