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Moths and descriptions for Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

“Tussock moths are so- named because the caterpillars of many members have 4 long dense dorsal tufts of hair. These hairs can cause skin irritation in people and they attack cultivated plants. Adults however are short lived because they have a reduced haustellum and do not feed. In some species the females are wingless.” Image taken in Blady grass near Sportsman creek.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

Further reading – http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lyma/lymantriidae.html

A species known to occur across south/east Asia and the south pacific basin, extending into Queensland. Image taken at letterbox on refuge. Known to attack Brazilian cherries.

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

Further reading:http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/eute/delatrix.html

Image taken in mature summer grasses today at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. These Noctuid have 2 easily recognised dark brown triangles on each forewing.

Further reference; http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_noctuidae/4TriangledNoctuid.htm

“Image of adult female. The wings have scalloped edges and wavy patterns of light and dark brown. The overall colour is quite variable sometimes nearly being black all over. The moths normally rest with wings flat and all four wings exposed. It pupates without a cocoon under the soil taking up to a year to metamorphose”. Image taken at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

I.D. courtesy of  Don Herbison-Evans.

Further reference:  http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/enno/sinist.html.

Also known as Broken Leaf Moth and first described by Walker in 1860. Found over mainland Australia with a wingspan of 60mm. ” The curved abdomen breaks the visual bilateral symmetry of most animals and makes them harder to recognise”.  Found across Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge feeding on Myrtaceae.

I.D. courtesy of  C. Hosking.   Interpretive officer Australian Museum.

Reference;    www.lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au

Tiny 5mm moth found along a billabong on Sportsman Creek  wildlife refuge. “Species found in Qld and N.S.W. yellow forewings, each with a dark brown base and a broad irridescent margin. The head has a tuft of yellow hair and the wings have fringed edges. Wingspan 2cm”. It appears to mimic a frog dropping?

Reference  courtesy of  http://icmcmillan.tripod.com/families.htm.

“Adults have forwings that are dark brown speckled with silver flecks, with a large white spot near the centre. A broken yellow line along the “termen” and “costa” and a subterminal row of cream spots”. Seen for the first time on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge, although a relative (  Epicoma melanostricta ) is fairly common. ( No common name).

Reference and I.D. courtesy of Don-Herbison -Evans.

Further reference: http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/noto/protrah.html

Pressed flat against a burnt treestump this moth is engaged in “face-mimicry” to ward off predators on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge, today.

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Image taken yesterday in riparian zone at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. Found in Blady grass (Imperata cylindrica var. major) and while upside down  displaying “face-mimicry” to ward off predators.

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“The caterpillars of this species are grey and covered in black dots. They feed on Dwarf’s Apple (Breynia oblongifolia) commonly known as Willgar or Coffee Bush.” Found growing along the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

Reference and I.D. courtesy of  Don Herbison-Evans.

Further reading- http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/cato/frontin.html

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