Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Cryptophasa flavolineata

Cryptophasa flavolineata XYLORYCTINAE XYLORYCTIDAE

Wing span about 50mm.
Larval foodplant Banksia integrifolia and Syzygium oleosum.




Family:- XYLORYCTIDAE
Sub Family:- XYLORYCTINAE
Genus:- Cryptophasa
Species:- flavolineata

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Cryptophasa panleuca XYLORYCTINAE XYLORYCTIDAE 

About 40 mm wingspan.
The larval food plants are Lophostemon species (Myrtaceae).






 Family:- XYLORYCTIDAE
Sub Family:- XYLORYCTINAE
Genus:-  Cryptophasa
Species:- panleuca



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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

URANIIDAE

I have previously done a Blog on URANIIDAE, on Thursday, 10 September 2015,  but here are a couple to add to that. Just a reminder, URANIIDAE have a little trick to make it difficult to identify them by rolling their wings, if you see the previous entry in Sept. 2015 above you will see what I mean. Not all of them can roll their wings, but most we get here do.
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Rhombophylla xylinopis EPIPLEMINAE URANIIDAE 1121 -4507



Family:- URANIIDAE
Sub Family:-  EPIPLEMINAE
Genus:- Rhombophylla
Species:- xylinopis





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Micronia species URANIINAE URANIIDAE





Family:- URANIIDAE
Sub Family:- URANIINAE
Genus:-  Micronia
Species:- species












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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

 Asthenoptycha sphaltica

Asthenoptycha sphaltica TORTRICINAE TORTRICIDAE 

The best match I can find for this moth is mostly known from well south of here. Some times that only means that no one has bothered to collect it here, but it can also mean I have the wrong ID.
However it still is a pretty good match so I will call it a probable.





Family:- TORTRICIDAE
Sub Family:- TORTRICINAE
Genus:- Asthenoptycha (probably)
Species:- sphaltica (probably)














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Epiphyas postvittana TORTRICINAE TORTRICIDAE

This moth is a male.
The species is a pest on many plants but don't really cause us any problems here. The likely larval food plants here are :-
Grapes (VITACEAE) (The neighbors have them growing on the common fence)
Citrus trees (RUTACEAE)
Lomandra species (LAXMANNIACEAE)
Acacia species (MIMOSACEAE)
Eucalyptus species (MYRTACEAE)





Family:- TORTRICIDAE
Sub Family:- TORTRICINAE
Genus:- Epiphyas 
Species:- postvittana











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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

455 plus moths

Unless I have miscounted, I have now put over 455 species of moths on this blog. All this from our one Hectare block of land.
When I started this project, I would never have believed the richness of our small plot, and since the only lights we use are our ordinary house lights and a very small UV party lamp, I can be fairly sure the moths are here or on the edges of the neighboring properties.

Since I  am getting towards the end of the moths that I have already identified and start into the many photos that need more research, I am also finding that it is more difficult to get information on the biology of the moths.
The frequency of postings may slow down a bit as I work at identification but I would not expect more than about another twenty or so species in the photos I have to date.

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Etanna clopaea

 Etanna clopaea CHLOEPHORINAE NOLIDAE 





Family:- NOLIDAE
Sub Family:- CHLOEPHORINAE
Genus:- Etanna
Species:- clopaea

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Anisogona similana TORTRICINAE TORTRICIDAE




 Family:- TORTRICIDAE
Sub Family:- TORTRICINAE
Genus:- Anisogona
Species:- similana




Underside



The colouring  of this sample is not unusual here. I believe they are still the same moth.















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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

 Nephopterix melanostyla

Nephopterix melanostyla PHYCITINAE PYRALIDAE 

These are an unusual looking moth with those large eyes and the odd stance.
I don't have anything on the biology of them, although they are found pretty well all over Australia.





Family:- PYRALIDAE
Sub Family:- PHYCITINAE
Genus:- Nephopterix
Species:- melanostyla

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Syntozyga anconia OLETHREUTINAE TORTRICIDAE

This moth is sitting on the leaf of a Nardoo plant in the pond.
The wingspan is only about 12mm.



Family:- TORTRICIDAE
Sub Family:- OLETHREUTINAE
Genus:- Syntozyga
Species:- anconia




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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

 Dichelia cosmopis

Dichelia cosmopis TORTRICINAE TORTRICIDAE

 I could not find any information on the biology of this moth.




Family:- TORTRICIDAE
Sub Family:- TORTRICINAE
Genus:- Dichelia
Species:- cosmopis













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Megalota helicana OLETHREUTINAE TORTRICIDAE

 I have not been able to find much on these moths.
I have found records of them being found around Rockhampton, Lamington National park and as far south as Woolongong.





Family:- TORTRICIDAE
Sub Family:- OLETHREUTINAE
Genus:- Megalota
Species:- helicana
 












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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

TINEODIDAE

Palaeodes samealis TINEODIDAE 

These moths are known from cape Yorke and down into Northern New South Wales. They live and feed in a tube between joined leaves of the vine Jasminum volubile, (OLEACEAE).
Although we did have Jasminum volubile, we removed the main plant because it was slowly destroying the tree it was growing on. The tree was much too small for size of the vine.
It is likely there are other samples of it in the garden, and there are at least two other species of Jasmine in the garden.





Family:-  TINEODIDAE
Sub Family:-
Genus:-  Palaeodes 
Species:- samealis












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Oxychirota paradoxa TINEODIDAE 

The early larval stages of Oxychirota paradoxa , which has almost linear wings, are not known.
These two moths are the only representatives of Tineodidae I have identified here and we rarely see them.
Like Palaeodes samealis the main food source is Jasminum volubile, (OLEACEAE).
These two came to the light from the window.
 


Family:- TINEODIDAE
Sub Family:-
Genus:- Oxychirota 
Species:- paradoxa






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