Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The final SPHINGIDAE family (Hawk Moths)  photos

 This week is the last of the Hawk moths photos. I have put them together over the last few weeks to make it easier to compare for identification.





 Family:- SPHINGIDAE
Sub Family:- MACROGLOSSINAE
Genus:- Theretra
Species:- tryoni










Theretra tryoni larvae are said to feed on Araceae family of plants including the native cunjevoi (Alocasia macrorrhizos) and arum lilly (Zantedeschia aethiopica)





Family:- SPHINGIDAE
Sub Family:- MACROGLOSSINAE
Genus:- Theretra
Species:- margarita










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Moving on from Hawk moths,

Ophiusa tirhaca CATOCALINAE NOCTUIDAE




 Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- CATOCALINAE
Genus:- Ophiusa
Species:- tirhaca










 One common name I came across for Ophiusa tirhaca, was "Drab Green moth". Maybe the sample moth was a bit on the old and faded side.
 In Australia the larvae have been found on mango flowers and mistletoe, in other parts of the world they have been found on plants from the family Myrtaceae. For more plants see the web site  http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/calp/tirhaca.html



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