Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Plutellidae

These are the only two moths I have in this family

Leuroperna sera PLUTELLIDAE

It is found over much of south-east Asia and most of Australia
Larval food plants are mostly from the family BRASSICACEAE.
As you can see, this moth is tiny. The flyscreen mesh is 2mm, so it would have a wingspan of about 10mm or a little less.




Family:- PLUTELLIDAE
Sub Family:- PLUTELLINAE
Genus:-  Leuroperna
Species:- sera











The difficulty in the case of these moths, is to see them at all. They are tiny, and well camouflaged. It is also a problem that it is at the extreme end of my camera equipment and difficult to get a good photo of a live specimen.


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Plutella xylostella PLUTELLIDAE  

This is an imported pest, common through much of the world, introduced to Australia accidentally.
It is an agricultural pest on plants from the family BRASSICACEAE.
This is a bigger moth than Leuroperna sera, and a lot more destructive.
I have included it because it is very common.


Family:- PLUTELLIDAE
Sub Family:- PLUTELLINAE
Genus:- Plutella
Species:- xylostella






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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Barea melanodelta

Barea melanodelta OECOPHORINAE OECOPHORIDAE 

The only mention of larval food I could find is possibly dead wood,  under the bark of dead branches.
Wingspan about 20mm.




Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Barea
Species:- melanodelta










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This posting is pretty much the last of the Oecophoridae moths. Although I have quite a few more photos, I have not been able to identify them so far.
Once I have gone through all the families, I will be able to go back over the unnamed moths and either find names, or put in a collection of unnamed photos.

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Stathmopoda crocophanes STATHMOPODIDAE

This is another one of those moths that have been moved to a separate family.
I originally had it under sub family STATHMOPODINAE with the family as OECOPHORIDAE.
Some sites are still listing it as:-
Stathmopoda crocophanes STATHMOPODINAE OECOPHORIDAE
and:-  Stathmopoda crocophanes HELIODINIDAE
Larval food plant Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae).

This moth is in pretty poor condition, it has lost many of the scales on its wings. They are normally yellow with brown markings.



Family:- STATHMOPODIDAE
Sub Family:-
Genus:- Stathmopoda
Species:- crocophanes









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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

More Wingia moths

Tortricopsis semijunctella OECOPHORINAE OECOPHORIDAE 

Larval food is Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) leaves, probably dead ones on the ground. The larvae stick a couple of leaves together and live and feed in this protective shelter.




Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:-  Tortricopsis
Species:- semijunctella










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Wingia aurata OECOPHORINAE OECOPHORIDAE

The wing span of these moths is sometimes quoted at about 20mm, but I am fairly sure this moth would have had a wing span of around 30mm.
Larval food plant is likely to be Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae).




Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Wingia
Species:- aurata



















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Wingia sp

Wingia Poss lambertella Sp OECOPHORINAE OECOPHORIDAE

It is most likely to be  Wingia lambertella based on areas where they have been collected, although many samples of Wingia rectiorella are very similar, but collected samples of W. rectiorella moths tend to be more tropical.

Wing span about 40mm.

Larval food are likely to be Eucalyptus trees, although the Wingia rectiorella are said to feed on Leptospermum lanigerum (Myrtaceae)




Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:-  Wingia
Species:- lambertella (probably)








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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Pycnocera hypoxantha

 Pycnocera hypoxantha OECOPHORINAE OECOPHORIDAE

The larval food is generally leaf litter of Eucalyptus trees.




 Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Pycnocera
Species:- hypoxantha


Slightly different markings on this one.












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  Tachystola Sp Poss stenoptera  OECOPHORINAE OECOPHORIDAE

 The larval food is generally leaf litter of Eucalyptus trees.
There are a large number of moths in the family OECOPHORIDAE family that have similar colouring and markings, so it is difficult to be sure of the identification.




Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Tachystola
Species:- stenoptera (Possibly)













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Thema brevivitella OECOPHORINAE OECOPHORIDAE


The larval food for this genus is usually leaf litter on the forest floor, and is often the leaves of the Eucalyptus trees but also sometimes other species.
You can get some idea of the size of this moth from weave of the shade cloth it is sitting on.







Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Thema
Species:- brevivitella












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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Wingia moths

Heteroteucha dichroella OECOPHORINAE OECOPHORIDAE

One similar moth is Heteroteucha kershawi.
This moth is part of the Wingia group of moths within OECOPHORINAE.

The larval food plant is Eucalyptus ( MYRTACEAE ).





Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Heteroteucha
Species:-  dichroella












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  OECOPHORIDAE OECOPHORINAE Sp  Poss Tortricopsis

I think both these moths belong to the genus Tortricopsis.
I wasn't able to find a good match for a definite ID.

It is likely that the larval food plant is also Eucalyptus (MYRTACEAE ).
These moths are part of the Wingia group of moths within OECOPHORINAE.






Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Tortricopsis
Species:- 




Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Tortricopsis
Species:-












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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Limnaecia camptosema

Limnaecia camptosema COSMOPTERIGINAE COSMOPTERIGIDAE

One interesting description of the family COSMOPTERIGIDAE, is that it is a group that gets all the gelechoid moths that are doubtful as to the correct family to put them in.
They are therefore a mixed bag of moths and not very well studied.





Family:- COSMOPTERIGIDAE
Sub Family:- COSMOPTERIGINAE
Genus:- Limnaecia
Species:- camptosema











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Garrha Sp OECOPHORINAE OECOPHORIDAE


I have put a number of Garrha species on this blog. Many of them are difficult to tell from one another, as with this one, so no definite species name.







Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Garrha Sp
Species:-










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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Achoria inopina

Achoria inopina LECITHOCERIDAE

Wing span about 12mm.
I was not able to find the larval food plant but some members of the LECITHOCERIDAE family feed on leaf litter on the forest floor.
Like OECOPHORIDAE moths, the labial palpae are upturned and sharp.
The Antenae are usually longer than the wings.


Family:- LECITHOCERIDAE
Sub Family:-
Genus:- Achoria
Species:- inopina



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OECOPHORIDAE OECOPHORINAE poss Cosmaresta sp


There are a lot of the moths in OECOPHORINAE that look similar to this moth, and in many cases identification can only be certain with dissection.
Genus for this one could be  Cosmaresta or Eulechria, both have similarities but I am not at all confident of either being correct.
There are 14516 specimen samples of Australian moths for OECOPHORINAE on the Bold systems site. That is a lot of moths to look through and despite the distinctive pattern it is possible I missed it.



Family:- OECOPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- OECOPHORINAE
Genus:- Cosmaresta (possibly)
Species:-














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