Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Hepialidae

This is one of the most difficult families to identify from photographs. The males often differ from the females, the males differ from each other and so do the females. There are regional differences as well. In fact the wing markings cannot really be relied on at all!

Some of the moths will be the same species with different markings because they were photographed over several years, and the changing ecology of the area may account for changing markings. The photographs were taken between 2010 and 2014, the last of the photos in May 2014 and, although it may be coincidental, this coincides with the removal of  a Eucalyptus tree, a Pink Bloodwood (Corymbia intermedia), which grew next to the house.

I believe that many of the photographs of the moths that I will put on the blog over the next few weeks are members of the Oxycanus genus, in fact I think most of them will be.
In keeping with the aims of this Blog, I will put all the Hepialidae moths that I have photographed on the Blog with numbers, and if anyone believes they can identify any of them with some certainty I would very much like to hear from you.

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 HEPIALIDAE 2927 - 5414
Family:- HEPIALIDAE
Genus:- Oxycanus (probably)
Species:- (Possibly beltista)

 HEPIALIDAE 3034 - 5485
Family:- HEPIALIDAE
Genus:- Oxycanus (probably)
Species:- (Possibly beltista)
 HEPIALIDAE 3072 on - 5495
Family:- HEPIALIDAE
Genus:- Oxycanus (probably)
Species:- (Possibly beltista)
 HEPIALIDAE 9984 on - 4039
Family:- HEPIALIDAE
Genus:- Oxycanus (probably)
Species:- (Possibly beltista)




HEPIALIDAE 9984 on - 4043 underside of 4039
Family:- HEPIALIDAE
Genus:- Oxycanus (probably)
Species:- (Possibly beltista)

  HEPIALIDAE 9984 on - 4041
 Family:- HEPIALIDAE
Genus:- Oxycanus (probably)
Species:- (Possibly beltista)
 HEPIALIDAE  3072 on - 5494
Family:- HEPIALIDAE
Genus:- Oxycanus (probably)
Species:- (Possibly beltista)
HEPIALIDAE  7122 on - 2613
Family:- HEPIALIDAE
Genus:- Oxycanus (probably)
Species:- (Possibly beltista)


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 HEPIALIDAE  3297 - 0848
Family:- HEPIALIDAE
Genus:- (Possibly) Oxycanus
Species:- (Possibly antipoda)
 HEPIALIDAE  3297 - 0849 same moth as 0848
Family:- HEPIALIDAE
Genus:- (Possibly) Oxycanus
Species:- (Possibly antipoda)






For anyone interested in looking up Hepialidae moths here a few web sites that are helpful.

http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:27b930f3-9c63-442a-b1f3-984c802b6362#gallery

http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxon=Hepialidae&searchTax=

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/hepi/hepialidae.html

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1 comment:

  1. I've had a recent [mid-May 2017] flush of these 'possibly beltista' Oxycanus at Tamborine Mountain...I also have a number of Pink Bloodwoods on the property.
    Powerful and mysterious moths, it's hard to believe this phase is so brief.

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