Monday, 9 November 2009

November Mothing - 2

Ten moths of interest attended the sheet on a balmy Saturday night. Six of those, a specific identification might not be possible because of insufficient research information on the Internet.

A number of Horehound Plume Moths (Wheeleria spilodactylus) were around as well.
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This is my first encounter with Opodiphthera eucalypti. This one is a male.
A bit weather-beaten, unfortunately.
Underwing shot.

Another Tiger/Footman. This one is Termessa sp. possibly T. zonophanes.
ARCTIIDAE : Lithosiinae
Here's a bit of a look at the hindwing and abdomen. This moth was roaring all over the sheet and took some time before it settled enough for a reasonable shot. I'm surprised this shot isn't one big blur!
This is a richly coloured example of Anachloris subochraria.
GEOMETRIDAE : Larentiinae
An Oecophorid. Probably Philobota species. There is a hint of a dark line along the costa but again, research information is sadly lacking to help with an accurate identification.
UPDATE: I've received advice this might be Philobota productella.
The others not appearing here were Geometrids. One was Idaea species, one Taxeotis, I suspect and three remain in the 'too hard file' ! :-)


Mosura said...

Nice catch. I still haven't put the trap out.

I don't know much about Lichen moths but I just found an interesting site (2 pages) illustrating the genus Termessa.

Here's a link

Junior Lepid said...

I've heard you've been having pretty orcdinary weather down there, Mosura, so no wonder the trap hasn't been going out. Last night would have been a good mothing night too, but I was up till 2am Sunday morning. An early night won over!

Thanks for the link, I'll have a look at it.

Lithosiinids appear to be the dominant sub-species in Victoria, Mosura.