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Geometrid Moth

Hypographa phlegetonaria

Notes:

Spottings of this moth seem to be uncommon and the data I have been able to research is not adequate to consider this sighting confirmed. Small possibility of it being Hypographa phlegetonaria although more likely to be Circopetes obtusata or another of the "Twisted Moths" Thanks to Mark Ridgeway for that



No species ID suggestions

6 Comments

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 2 years ago

The margins on the wing seem not have enough ripple to be the species I have put forward although that was your point

We are not seeing the wasps but something seems to be causing heavy local extinctions of things like some spiders. As I said the flurry of moths I had last year has failed to happen. The Christmas Beetles didn't arrive in numbers this year but there did seem to be numbers munching on the leaves of gum trees. If we cannot save tigers and bilbys we will have lost insects and spiders and other things without a whimper. Those wasps are scary.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Yeah it's been a shocker of a summer here too for all small fauna. A cooler summer and only zillions of euro wasps cruising around in every nook and cranny. They've gotta be living off something and I fear the damage being done by them is formidable... might be losing a species a day. They eat anything with proteins, sugars, fats.Hate to say it but I sort of want another couple of drought years as they virtually disappeared last time. Poor Tas doesn't stand a chance.
Still no exact on the margin profile although several very close. :(

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 2 years ago

I used to get some good ones. The places I look were almost empty this year. I doubt I considered the margins very well

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Yes I'm struggling to match that outer wing margin. Yours are in good condition and don't seem to fit exactly with Hypographa phlegetonaria. Pretty sure it will be one of the 'twisted' moths which are mostly oenochrominae. I'll have another go later. You sure get some good ones.

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 2 years ago

Hmm, this is difficult, could be either/or another

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

maybe a darker version of these ? http://gvcocks.homeip.net/Lepidoptera/Ge...

Gosford, New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -33.38, Long: 151.48

Spotted on Nov 20, 2014
Submitted on Nov 20, 2014

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