Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The summer of 2014 - 2015 has been a good year for moths, butterflies and, of course, other insects, in south east Queensland.
Early rain followed by regular falls with plants putting out lots of new shoots and the caterpillars took full advantage.
There was an increase in the species of moths that I hadn’t photographed  here previously, so many, that I still have not identified all of them yet.
The season is all but over for this year and there are fewer moths on the windows at night but still enough new species to be worth watching out for them.


 Family:- PTEROPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- PTEROPHORINAE
Genus:- Sinpunctiptilia (Possibly)
Species:- emissalis (Possibly)












 Family:- PTEROPHORIDAE
Sub Family:- PTEROPHORINAE
Genus:- Sphenarches
Species:- anisodactylus








The above photos are two of the plume moths we find here. These ones are some of the largest with a body length of around 20mm. The smallest  I have seen here is not much bigger than a large mosquito.




Family:-LYMANTRIIDAE
Sub Family:-
Genus:- Euproctis 
Species:- lucifuga









Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- CATOCALINAE
Genus:-  Pantydia
Species:- capistrata





There are a number of Pantydia moths, many of which look very similar to this one. I think this is the most likely species.

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