Ken Harris,

Morwell National Park, Victoria, Australia
&
Bowerbird

Lepidoptera photos :

0 : unidentified caterpillar
possibly Oenochroma species
photographed on Hakea species
(probably Hakea lissosperma)
in Tasmania, 30 January 1982
.
1 : unidentified moth,
possibly Scioglyptis species
ENNOMINAE,
photographed at Churchill, Victoria, 9 March 2002.
2 : live moth, length 1.5 cms,
Lepidoscia cataphracta,
photographed on a stem of Carex appressa,
Morwell National Park, 4 November 2001
.
3 : Agrius convolvuli ,   on Morning glory Ipomoea indica
in Churchill, Victoria, 27 December 1989.
4 : caterpillar of Agrius convolvuli ,   also on Ipomoea indica photographed in Churchill, Victoria, 26 March 1989,
.
5 : Cruria donowani ,   photographed in Sydney, 19 January 1988.
6 : Fodina ostorius ,   photographed at the Den of Nargun Reserve on the MacAlister River, Victoria, 13 January 2001.
7 : male Iropoca rotundata ,   photographed in the Victorian Alps, 5 November 1994.
8 : Persectania ewingii ,   photographed on the Bogong High Plains, 8 November 1998.
9 : Tipanaea patulella ,   photographed in a salt marsh in the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, 20 November 1993.
10 : Trictena atripalpis ,   photographed in Churchill on 4 May 1993.
11 : I came home from a walk in Morwell National Park on 8th April 2002 and found the caterpillar on the back of my neck. Its hairs were somewhat irritating. I had no idea what plant it was on, but the trees where I had been walking were mostly Eucalypts and Blackwoods. I placed it in a jar with some Eucalypt leaves and some Blackwood leaves. It accepted the Blackwood ( Acacia melanoxylum ) leaves. I kept it supplied with leaves for 3-4 weeks, which it ate regularly. The caterpillar grew to about 4 to 5 cm long. It then began to weave a cocoon, which was very hairy, as if the hairs from the outside of the caterpillar had been incorporated in the cocoon. It pupated inside the cocoon, which was attached to a Blackwood stem and leaves. The pupa inside was a dark chocolate colour.
Probably Anthela nicothoe
12 : number 11 again
probably Anthela nicothoe
13 : Oxycanus dirempta
14 : Abantiades_hyalinatus
15 : Thallarcha partita imperfect specimen, found on the ground on a track in
Morwell National Park, 16 October 2004
16 : Ectropis species ,   (ENNOMINAE)
17 : Abantiades labyrinthicus
18 : Persectania ewingii
19 : Persectania ewingii
20 : Crypsiphona ocultaria
21 : Crypsiphona occultaria
22 : caterpillar of Oenochroma vinaria
23 : Ocybadistes walkeri
24 : Genduara acedesta
25 : Oxycanus antipoda
26 : Epidesmia chilonaria
27 : Phelotis cognata
28 : Hednota opulentellus
29 : Hednota grammellus
30 : Epyaxa hyperythra
31 : Chrysolarentia insulsata
32 : larva of Vanessa itea
33 : Abantiades labyrinthicus
34 : Chrysolarentia lucidulata
35 : Hesperilla ornata
36 : Deuterarcha xanthomela
37 : Gauna aegusalis
38 : Oxysemaphora notialis
39 : Narycia guildingi
40 : Geitoneura minyas
41 : Catacometes hemiscia
42 : Myrascia bracteatella
43 : Periallactis monostropha
44 : Dichromodes stilbiata

and the following Caterpillar food plants :

  • Backhousia myrtifolia
  • Brachychiton discolor
  • Brachychiton populneus
  • Caesalpinia pulcherrima
  • Dichanthium sericeum
  • Eucalyptus caesia
  • Eucalyptus leucoxylon
  • Halgania cyanea
  • Hypericum calycinum
  • Lomandra multiflora
  • Macroptilium atropurpureum
  • Macroptilium lathyroides
  • Marsdenia rostrata
  • Marsdenia suaveolens
  • Melaleuca gibbosa
  • Parsonsia straminea

     
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    (updated 15 March 2005, 22 January 2016)