Tuesday, 21 April 2015

An unusual moth, Lacera noctilio

Genus:- Lacera
Species:- noctilio

This was an unusual visitor a couple of nights ago. It insisted in resting with it’s wings raised like a butterfly, which made it difficult to get a photo of the upper surface. If it is breeding here, the most likely larval food plant on our property is probably Canthium (Psydrax) in the  Rubiaceae family. A body length of around 20mm (the insect screen it is on is 2mm grid), gives a wing span of about 40mm. You can find information on local native plants of Toowoomba on http://toowoombaplants2008.blogspot.com.au/

Periscoptera:-  moth body language

Sub Family:- PYRALINAE
Genus:- Persicoptera
Species:- baryptera (possibly)

This is another one from April, although we see a number of a similar species through the summer months. At rest they lie flat as shown in the above photo but at times they have the unusual stance as shown in the photos below of Persicoptera compsopa.

Sub Family:- PYRALINAE
Genus:- Persicoptera
Species:- compsopa

 Persicoptera compsopa is similar to Persicoptera baryptera above but I have included a sequence of photos to show the way they display, possibly for mating purposes. These photos were taken in December 2014.
(The insect screen is 2mm grid)

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