Mothing late March 2013

Oenosandra boisduvalii

A male Boisduval’s Autumn Moth (Oenosandra boisduvalii) (ID P. Marriott)

The second half of March stayed cool, but the garden and bush were drying out- no rainfall to speak of for quite a few weeks now. Perhaps the pick of the bunch was this male Boisduval‘s Autumn Moth (Oenosandra boisduvalii), whose larvae feed on mature eucalypt leaves and shelter under loose bark (the female looks very different).

Overall, numbers were regularly down throughout the evenings, and species diversity also appeared lower (about 29 species, compared to 39 in early March).

Thanks again to Peter Marriott for the much needed assistance in identifying specimens.

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