Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Continuing with Crambid moths

Conogethes haemactalis SPILOMELINI SPILOMELINAE CRAMBIDAE
Conogethes punctiferalis SPILOMELINI SPILOMELINAE CRAMBIDAE 


Neither of these photos are very good, but they are still good enough to identify from.
Conogethes punctiferalis larvae are a serious pest on fruit crops. In our case they probably eat their way into the fruit of citrus, Macadamia and the seeds of flame trees.





Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:- Conogethes
Species:- haemactalis












Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:- Conogethes
Species:- punctiferalis





Although Conogethes haemactalis is a common visitor, it is probably actually breeding on a tree bordering our place but on a neighbouring block. Glochidion fernandi, Euphorbiaceae (Buttonwood, Cheese tree). It is also possible that it may be breeding on other plants here. Despite being fairly common, I never seem to have the camera when I see them, and when I have the camera, I can never find one!

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