Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Proteuxoa flexirena AMPHIPYRINAE NOCTUIDAE


Proteuxoa flexirena AMPHIPYRINAE NOCTUIDAE





 Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- AMPHIPYRINAE
Genus:- Proteuxoa
Species:- flexirena










                                                







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 Proteuxoa Poss tortisigna AMPHIPYRINAE NOCTUIDAE

 Below are two very similar moths. They may be the same species, it is too difficult to be sure. There are some definite differences in the dark areas at the end of the fore wings, but I think this is pretty slim evidence to base a positive ID on. The names I have provided may give a clue as to where to look if you are trying to identify a similar moth.

In fact I think there are really only the two moths that they are likely to be, P. paragypsa and P. tortisigna. If you take into account that the only areas that P. paragypsa have been collected are south of Sydney, that puts a fairly strong case for both of these moths to be P. tortisigna.




Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- AMPHIPYRINAE
Genus:- Proteuxoa
Species:- Sp Probably tortisigna




Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- AMPHIPYRINAE
Genus:- Proteuxoa
Species:- Sp Possibly either paragypsa or tortisigna











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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Praxis porphyretica EREBINAE EREBIDAE


Praxis porphyretica EREBINAE EREBIDAE

Was:- Praxis porphyretica CALPINAE NOCTUIDAE

There seems to be a slight difference of opinion as to the correct name.
BOLD systems and ALA both list it as Praxis porphyretica EREBINAE EREBIDAE, but http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/ list it as Praxis porphyretica CALPINAE EREBIDAE.




Family:- EREBIDAE
Sub Family:- EREBINAE
Genus:- Praxis 
Species:- porphyretica






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  Prometopus inassueta AMPHIPYRINAE NOCTUIDAE





Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- AMPHIPYRINAE
Genus:- Prometopus 
Species:- inassueta










I was not able to find anything about these two moths in the way of food plants or biology.
Generally if a moth has not been studied in detail it is because it is not an agricultural pest.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Pataeta conspicienda

Pataeta conspicienda EUTELIINAE EUTELIIDAE

Was:- Pataeta conspicienda EUTELIINAE NOCTUIDAE

There are two species of Pataeta in Australia,  Pataeta carbo and  Pataeta conspicienda, the latter having an elongated white marking on the fore wing. In the majority of the samples that I could find
those identified as P. carbo didn't have the marking.
The areas where both species are found are very similar, although P. carbo seems to be more coastal.
The larval food for P. carbo include Eucalyptus  and Callistemon (both MYRTACEAE) and it is likely that P. conspicienda is the same.




Family:- EUTELIIDAE
Sub Family:- EUTELIINAE
Genus:- Pataeta
Species:- conspicienda









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Targalla plumbea EUTELIINAE EUTELIIDAE

Was:- Targalla plumbea EUTELIINAE NOCTUIDAE





Family:- EUTELIIDAE
Sub Family:- EUTELIINAE
Genus:- Targalla
Species:- plumbea





When I first put this post on the internet I put it on as Penicillaria jocosatrix EUTELIINAE NOCTUIDAE. Even though the photo I was comparing my photo with was an excellent match, I put it on with the reservation that I didn't think the identification was correct. I have since found that the owner of the original photo has re-identified it elsewhere on the internet correctly as Targalla plumbea EUTELIINAE  EUTELIIDAE. This name also check out with other sites.

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Pantydia  Moths

Pantydia sparsa EREBINAE EREBIDAE

Was:- Pantydia sparsa CATOCALINAE NOCTUIDAE

Larval food plants include plants in families FABACEAE and SANTALACEAE.
We have a number of plants in those families.





Family:-  EREBIDAE
Sub Family:- EREBINAE
Genus:- Pantydia
Species:- sparsa










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Pantydia metaspila EREBINAE EREBIDAE

Was:- Pantydia metaspila CATOCALINAE NOCTUIDAE

With this one the larval food plants are in the VERBENACEAE and FABACEAE families.






Family:-  EREBIDAE
Sub Family:- EREBINAE
Genus:- Pantydia
Species:- metaspila




There are more Pantydia that we see here but most of them are difficult to identify with any degree of accuracy so I might leave the others out for the time being. Perhaps I will revisit them at a later date.









Another example can be found in a post on "Pantydia capistrata CATOCALINAE NOCTUIDAE" on  Wednesday, 15 April 2015

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