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A surprise find on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area after the January floods is the native species of Macadadami integrifolia. Listed as Vulnerable under the EPBC Act and (facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium term.)

Classification 3VC under the ROTAP system.

Freshly grown plants of Tuckeroo, Red Cedar and Soft-Twig Rush are going into the riparian zone along Sportsman Creek. Partly to restore last year’s losses which were incurred in the January floods. In conjunction with this years funding with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust for (Habitat Restoration.)

This moth has a wingspan up to 2.5cm. The caterpillars are green with a pale line along each side of the back. Tufts on the end of the abdomen are wiggled by the female to disperse a pheromone in order to attract a mate.

I.D. and information by Don Herbison-Evans. Further reference http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/spil/indica.html

Also known as the Crested Hawk, a medium sized bird which feeds amongst the treetops for stick insects, frogs and reptiles. Found amongst the Swamp Turpentine on the Conservation Area and rare in New South Wales.

“The adult moths have various shades of grey-brown with a wavy pattern of darker markings. Wingspan around 3cm.” They have the ability to dislocate their wings for camouflage effect. A new sighting for the Conservation Area.

I.D. and further reference courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/geom/cinerea-p.html

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/geom/cinerea-p.html

The Northern Ghost Moth is found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. With brown wings each forewing have a ragged white arc from base to wingtip. Male moths have a wingspan to 11cm with females up to 16cm. A new sighting for the Conservation Area.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans and Paul Kay.

Further reference available at http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/hepi/barcas.html

This species is found over most of Australia. Feeding mostly on various Mistletoe. A new sighting for the Conservation Area.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans with further reference available at http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/pier/argenthona.html

“This species occurs around the world in tropical areas. Adult moths have forewings with a complex pattern of variable colours. The hindwings contain white patches. Pupation occurs in a cocoon covered in debris typically on a tree trunk.” A first time sighting on the Conservation Area. A wingspan about 5cm.

I.D. and reference is courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

Further reference is available at http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/calp/linteola.html

Adult female Diathrausta ocreipennis moth with a wingspan of 10 mm. Found in New South Wales and Queensland. A new species for the Conservation Area with no common name.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison Evans and further reference available at

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/spil/ochreipennis.html

Four new nesting boxes have been constructed for the use of Brush-tailed Phascogale and Insectivorious Bats and to be placed in riparian zone along Sportsman Creek.

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