April Moths – 2013


One of the Swift, or Ghost Moths – Oxycanus dirempta.

Our Indian Summer (mild April weather) kept nocturnal insect life interesting. About 35+ moth species came to the light in April. The most exotic specimens have been large, dive-bombing moths that suddenly appear for a day or two and then they are gone. There are several large, closely related species commonly known as Ghost, or Swift Moths that are surprisingly difficult to tell apart for beginners like me. This one is Oxycanus dirempta. – a species with quite variable wing patterns and colouration.

Of course, there were plenty of other species as well, arranged here in broad groupings. Click on the images to see better detail.
Superfamily Geometroidea.

Superfamily Noctuoidea, Superfamily Bombycoidea, Family Hepialidae.

There are more pics of O. dirempta on the Strathbogie Ranges Nature View site, displaying the diversity of colouration shown by this species in one locality.

Superfamily Pyraloidea and other small, mysterious moths.

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4 Responses to April Moths – 2013

  1. Lesley says:

    Thank you so much for this interesting moth info.

  2. Thanks Lesley & you’re welcome. Bert

  3. Ken Walker says:

    Hi Bert — I have just stumbled across your wonderful Strathbogie blog and I find it fascinating. I was particularly interested in reading of the new record of the Tiger Snake in your area. These records as well as any fauna you see or photograph are all valuable scientific records which unfortunately I fear are being lost to science. I say “lost” because the information is not uploaded to the National Biodiversity aggregator called “Atlas of Living Australia” (www.ala.org.au) ALA currently aggregates data from all Museums and Herbaria and it is used extensively by scientists – particular to model changes in our environment. Here is an example: You can ask ALA to display the distribution of a Koala and then overlay that with a distribution of its eucalyptus foodplant. Then using these distribution points, you can model a temperature change of 0.5 or 1 or 5C over the next 50 to 100 years and watch what happens to the distribution of the Koala and its foodplant. However, models are only as good as the original dataset and this is why I say that your local records should be made available to the general scientific community — we call you a “Citizen Scientist” and we believe that most of the future biodiversity data will be generated by people like you — you see something and your record it and it gets uploaded to the national dataset.

    ALA commissioned me two years ago to build a website dedicated to Citizen Science – called BowerBird. In nutshell, here is how BowerBird works:

    – There are a series of “Projects” that are created by people.
    – Anyone can join these Projects and form a community of like-minded interests sharing their finds
    – Someone uploads an image(s) and add a location (GPS) and date to their images
    – Anyone in the Project community can then help to identify it, or comment on it, or tell their own story about that species, or Vote for that image, or describe that species etc.
    – If the images have been submitted under the Creative Commons License 3.0, then the images and GPS/Date data will be automatically uploaded to ALA and add a new dot on a map for that species.

    BowerBird provides a social framework – just like a Field Naturalist Club – for members and their data is added to the National Biodiversity dataset.

    I would be very keen to attract you and other in the Strathbogie area to join BowerBird and form the Strathbogie Ranges BowerBird project where you can record all of your wonderful finds and tell us and share your wonderful histories and knowledge. You can still write your wonderful blogs but your data would not be lost to science.

    If you are interested, the BowerBird website is: http://www.bowerbird.org.au.

    My name is Ken Walker and I am the curator of entomology at Museum Victoria and I am one of the 3 developers of BowerBird.

    Thanks for your time and efforts.



  4. Thanks Ken,
    I submit summaries of vertebrate fauna and some flora records to the VBA. But your suggestion to form a Strathbogie Ranges Bowerbird Project is a good one. Sorry that it’s taken me 12 months to reply. It’s not that I didn’t see your comment – I just forgot. Bert

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