Wednesday, 18 November 2020

 Pseudozarba orthopetes

Pseudozarba orthopetes EUSTROTIINAE NOCTUIDAE

The only reference to I can find on the biology is under the previous genus Eublemma.
Some members of the Pseudozarba (Eublemma) genus are predators of scale insects, while others feed on plants, (Moths of Australia, Common 1990).
The wing span was probably about 20mm.

 


 

Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- EUSTROTIINAE
Genus:-  Pseudozarba
Species:- orthopetes
 

 

 

 

 

 

  It has been quite a while since I have found a new moth to put on this Blog.
Although we are getting a few moths coming to the house lights at night, the numbers are a long way down on the years before this recent dry period. We are still in drought conditions although some areas around us have had storms, we have only had limited rain fall.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

 Tigrioides alterna

Tigrioides alterna LITHOSIINAE ARCTIIDAE

I originally put this moth on the Blog on Wednesday, 23 March 2016, but I thought it worth putting it on again since I now have better photos.
I am still not able to find anything on the biology of these moths.



Family:- ARCTIIDAE
Sub Family:- LITHOSIINAE
Genus:- Tigrioides
Species:- alterna



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Saturday, 26 September 2020

  Thallarcha staurocola

Thallarcha staurocola ARCTIINAE EREBIDAE

A common name for this moth is the "Patched Footman". There are other similar moths in the Anestia genus that are also called "Footman". There is a difference, between those two in that the females of the Anestia genus are flightless while Thallarcha females have functioning wings.
There are also a number of other moths from other genera also called "Footman".

The males of T. staurocola usually have bipectinate antenae, so this moth is probably a female.
I don't have any information on the larval food.
Wing span about 20mm.

 


 Family:- EREBIDAE
Sub Family:- ARCTIINAE
Genus:- Thallarcha
Species:- staurocola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 21 August 2020

  Parosteodes fictiliaria

Parosteodes fictiliaria ENNOMINAE  GEOMETRIDAE

There is quite a lot of variability in the wing patterns of these moths, also between Males and Females.
Wing span is a little over 20mm
Larval food plants are the Hop Bushes, Dodonaea species, (SAPINDACEAE). We have Dodonaea viscosa here, so that is probably what it is breeding on.

 

 

 

Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- ENNOMINAE
Genus:-  Parosteodes
Species:- fictiliaria

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Monday, 10 August 2020

 Aproaerema simplexella

Aproaerema simplexella ANACAMPSINAE GELECHIIDAE

In Moths of Australia (Common 1990), the moth is called Stomopteryx simplexella. The preferred name now appears to be Aproaerema simplexella.
The larval food plants include Cullen patens and Cullen tenax (FAMILY: FABACEAE), previously named Psoralea tenax and P. patens. They will also eat Clover and Soybean and other legumes.
Cullen patens and Cullen tenax are not uncommon roadside plants in this area as is Clover.

Cullen patens, Cullen tenax  are both perennial plants, with flowers in two shades of pink.
They are good for native pastures because of their palatability to stock and they are hosts for several butterfly species as well. This includes several kinds of small blue butterflies, and the large and showy Chequered Swallowtails.

Wing span is about 10mm.




Family:- GELECHIIDAE
Sub Family:- ANACAMPSINAE
Genus:- Aproaerema
Species:- simplexella











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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Barea phaeomochla BAREA GROUP

Barea phaeomochla BAREA GROUP OECOPHORINAE OECOPHORIDAE

I am never sure with the Barea group identifications. Although this one seems to be a good match, the
areas where samples have been taken are a long way south of here.
This can also be because nobody has bothered to look in this area.

After all how many people really run round looking for tiny moths with about a 10mm wingspan!
I have no information on food plants, but a lot of OECOPHORIDAE feed on Eucalypts either on the tree or on the ground under the tree.






Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Barea
Species:- phaeomochla (Possibly)
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Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Yponomeuta pustulellus

Yponomeuta pustulellus YPONOMEUTINAE YPONOMEUTIDAE

The larval food plant on our block is probably:-
Red Olive-Plum Elaeodendron australe var. integrifolium (CELASTRACEAE)
Synonym Cassine australis var. angustifolia (CELASTRACEAE)

Wing span about 20mm.



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