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Lepidopteron

The order of insects with 4 scale covered wings found across Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

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

“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

This species can be migratory and are found across the Continent. Their are several subspecies from Indonesia and Samoa. A first time sighting on the Conservation Area.

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

Java White Butterfly

Image of male moth with brown patterned forewings, each with a complex spot near the middle. The female is flightless and her bulbous brown body is covered in pale brown hair.

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lyma/australis.html

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

  

Male Orchard or Citrus Butterfly which usually feed on RUTACEAE family of plants. The caterpillars undergo four instar stages before entering pupa stage. The pupa resembles a leaf and metamorphosis can take up to six months.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

Further Reference: http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/papi/aegeus.html

 

 

Image taken by visiting Wildlife Photographer Tony Belton in the riparan zone at Sportsman Creek of a perfectly camouflaged Evening Brown Butterfly.

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