Saturday, 3 May 2008

Hepialids Again

After 6mm of rain on the 1st May, I had another 'session' with the Rain Moths.
They generally emerge after rain from Autumn to early Winter.

There can be a variation in colouring from pale to quite dark.
Although newly emerged, this one is interesting as it appears to have a couple of bald spots.

The adults are unable to feed and only live about 24 hours.
Yesterday, I went on the search for casings. This one protruded from the ground about 2.5cm.
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This casing was 8cm in length. The caterpillars feed on eucalypt roots.

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