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Lepidopteron

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

“The adult moths have a wingspan up to 10 cm. The moth sometimes adopts an asymetrical posture, with the abdomen bent under the wings. Caterpillars are large reddish brown covered in dense bristles which may cause severe irritation if handled.”

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

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/anth/chalepteryx.html

Curious as to how the pupa managed to colour itself with these striking markings I asked Lepidoptera expert Don Herbison-Evans for the answer.

“The Glasswing pupa is naked, devoid of any silk except for the cremaster. Its colours are an exaggeration of those of the last larval instar: yellow spiracles ringed by black joined by a lateral black line.”

A miracle of evolution.

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With no common name and wingspan around 4cm this moth has a dark line on the hindwings and recurved forewings. Caterpillars found feeding in Ironbark trees and tend to pupate in dry soil under suitable conditions.

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

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/chro/punctunculus.html

The caterpillar is found on Mistletoe and when disturbed curl their heads back. They are a large attractive day flying moth often mistaken for a butterfly. A new species for the Conservation Area.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans follow link for further references.

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/agar/behri.html

Mistletoe Day Moth

The caterpillars feed on Hard Quandong. Wingspan around 5cm. First time sighting of this moth at Sportsmans Creek Conservation Area, with no common name.
I.D. and reference courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

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

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