January 2014 moths

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A female Four-spotted Cup Moth, Doratifera quadriguttata.

As mentioned in the previous post, it’s now a little over 12 months since I started the monthly documentation of moths that come to my moth-light on the veranda of our house, here at Boho South in north-east Victoria. When I started, I had absolutely no idea how addictive and engaging this amateur survey would be, nor how time-consuming (though I’m not complaining). This month, Jan. 2014, upwards of 50 species of moth were recorded at the light, including a male and female of the Four-spotted Cup Moth (left), some large moths, like the Coprosma Hawk Moth and a Ghost Moth, along with the many small moths that I often struggle to get clear pictures of. Thanks to Peter Marriott for reviewing the images and supplying many of the ID’s.

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December 2013 Moths

Bag-shelter Moth, or Processionary Caterpillar, Ochrogaster lunifer

Bag-shelter Moth, or Processionary Caterpillar, Ochrogaster lunifer

About 40 species of moth found the light in December 2013. Many of these were regulars, but several, like the Bag-shelter Moth aka Processionary Moth, were rare or unusual visitors. Happy to receive any feedback re the specimens I’ve named and the ones I haven’t.

It’s now a full year since I started documenting the different moth species attracted to the fluorescent light on our verandah. Twelve months and countless species later (I’ll count them someday), I feel humbled by the diversity and sheer beauty of these ubiquitous, yet still poorly understood creatures. Continue reading

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November’s offering to the light (2013)

Iropoca Moth (Iropoca rotundata), Fam.  Lymantridae.

Iropoca Moth (Iropoca rotundata), Fam.
Lymantridae.

Over 40 species of moth graced the light during November 2013, including several new species like the stunning Iropoca Moth, at left. Most species were from the Family Geometroidea, the waves, carpets, emeralds and allies.

Though slowly becoming familiar with some of the moth Families and Sub-families, I’m still very easily bamboozled, in spite of Peter Marriott’s brilliant little series Moths of Victoria. Continue reading

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2013 in review

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Moths of October 2013

Black Geometrid

Female Black Geometrid

This month over 30 species came to the light on the front verandah. Most species had been recorded before, though I hadn’t necessarily been able to name to them all. Let’s see how we go this time.

We had quite a few mild nights, though the weather was generally cool and we only had 23 mm of rain in what should be one of the wettest months (Oct . mean 100+ mm).

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Moths of September 2013

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The Tobacco Looper Moth, Chrysodeixis argentifera.

Though not many, we did have a few mild nights in September; early and late, with several cold weeks in between. So, I’ve split the information into two sections- early September and late September. On a couple of particularly mild nights the light fairly buzzed with activity, though click beetles and bugs usually outnumbered the moths. About  28 species of moth were recoded, mostly old faces, but a couple of new ones too. Most ID’s are thanks to Steve Williams & Peter Marriott. To see more of Steve’s work go to http://swilliamsmoths.wordpress.com/

Early September

Late September

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Ground-dwellers; easily over-looked.

DSCF6952The wet, yet mild weather of late Winter-Spring got the forest-floor fungi into reproductive mode in a hurray. there were many different types pushing up fruiting bodies, including some slime-molds that were well beyond my ability to identify. Jelly fungus and fairies bonnets were plentiful as were various types of fungus growing directly out of dead wood.

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