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  • Endosimilis stilbealis

    29 Nov 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This is one of the most attractive of pyralids. It sat upright resting on its legs, hlding up a recurved abdomen. Wings ( span about 15 mm) were a beautiful and rich mix of deep red and orange. The fore wings were divided into three parts with the mid section showing a dark spot near the costa. Antennae were swept back. Attracted to bright lights in the house. My thanks to Cathy Powers for the ID.


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    1. Cathy Powers  Added.

      Reply • 30 Nov 2017

    2. Cathy Powers  Leuba - from my investigations, Persicoptera aglaopa has different markings on the hindwing than your image. It has yellow with a dark band at the outer margin of the hindwing. This appears to be more like Endosimilis stilbealis - perhaps gender specific.

      Reply • 30 Nov 2017

    3. Leuba Ridgway  Thank you Cathy. I believe you are right. I found a moth very similar in colour to mine on Barcodinglife.com and it was E.stilbealis.

      Reply • 03 Dec 2017

  • Unidentified

    16 Dec 2013-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This large cossid moth had a wing span of at least 70 mm. There were no patterns on its grey wings however, the wings looked like sand-paper. The hind wings were shorter and a beautiful purplish brown. some of this colour was also seen in the abdominal segments nearer the thorax. Abdomen was very thick. antennae were short, feathery and brown. It was interesting to see this moth in flight - lifting its heavy body into the air after a short "taxiing". On ground, the moth could be heard fluttering from several metres away. Spotted under bright lights near a national park. Need help to ID this large cossid. thanks.


  • Endoxyla secta

    30 Jan 2014-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This Cossid moth would have had a wingspan of about 60 mm. Short black lines marked both fore wings. Broad white streaks near the costal margins made this moth stand out from the other grey cossids. Spotted under bright lights near a national park.


  • Unidentified

    21 Jan 2013-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A beautiful speckled grey and silver moth about 35mm long. Thorax had a distinct inverted "V" in black. Legs were heavily "furry" and antennae, feathery nearer the base. Hind wings were a pearly brown. Abdomen was quite thick. Again, spotted under bright lights near a national park with mixed natives.


  • Unidentified

    21 Dec 2013-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A Cossid moth about 40 mm long. Fore wings were a pale grey with a central darker area. Midway along the costa was a semicircular patch of white. A short diagonal patch of dark grey was seen along the trailing edge of the fore wings. The thorax had the inverted black "V" as in all most other cossids. Spotted under bright lights near native trees. One of many cossids spotted that year. According to Peter Marriott , this is near Trismelasmos donovani. My thanks to Peter M for the ID and to Cathy Powers for facilitating the identification.


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    1. Cathy Powers  Leuba - this is sp. near Trismelasmos donovani with the ID assistance by Peter Marriott.

      Reply • 30 Nov 2017

  • Endoxyla spp.

    28 Jan 2014-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A fawn-coloured Cossid about 40 mm long, No distinct patterns on wings but darker along the veins. Antennae were brown and feathery. Thorax had a faint dark inverted "V" shape. Spotted under bright lights near a national park. I believe this is an Endoxyla moth. My thanks to peter Marriott for confirming the genus.


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    1. Cathy Powers  Leuba - Peter Marriott says it is an Endoxyla sp. with most of these with no name. Moths of Victoria volume 10 should assist but that is a work in progress.

      Reply • 30 Nov 2017

  • Endoxyla spp.

    11 Jan 2014-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This gigantic and heavy moth was about 65 mm long and looked like a roll of burnt paper. The fore wings had attractive blotchy patches of black, brown, grey and white with the inner margins folding over each other in a wave. The grey thorax had two short black tufts of setae. Antennae were smooth and short. The abdomen was covered with dense grey setae; it looked and felt heavy. Spotted under bright lights near a national park.


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    1. Mark Ridgway  Maybe E lituratus ?

      Reply • 29 Nov 2017

    2. Cathy Powers  Probably best to list this as Endoxyla sp until further work is done on this group.

      Reply • 30 Nov 2017

  • Endoxyla spp.

    16 Jan 2014-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This cossid moth was about 45 mm long. Mostly grey with tinges of light brown. The basal part of the fore wings had hatched markings of dark grey, the pattern running down to the apices of each wing. Hind wings were grey with the colour fading towards the sub marginal area. On each side of the thorax, running along the length of it was a broad band of dense white setae and just inside the band was a black line of setae ending posteriorly in a thick tuft. Antennae were feathery. Spotted under bright lights near national park.


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    1. Cathy Powers  Probably best for this to be Endoxyla sp until further ID assistance is acquired.

      Reply • 30 Nov 2017

  • Culama anthracica

    22 Jan 2014-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This cossid moth was all grey with thin black lines across the wings like tiger-skin stripes, with the pattern changing slightly in the submarginal area. The thorax had dense grey and white setae. Antennae were feathery - male. Wing span about 50 mm. My thanks to Cathy Powers & Peter Marriott for the ID.


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    1. Mark Ridgway  Interesting to compare https://natureshare.org.au/observations/54e878fced2a89d990000624?display=thumbnails&order_by=created_at&user_id=Leuba

      Reply • 29 Nov 2017

    2. Cathy Powers  Leuba - this is Culama anthracica with the ID assistance of Peter Marriott.

      Reply • 30 Nov 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you both Cathy Powers & Peter Marriott, for the ID. It's great I've got two species of Culama !

        Reply • 30 Nov 2017

  • Stigmatium spp.

    17 Nov 2017-38.0,146.4Leuba Ridgway

    A black beetle about 25 mm long with bands of brown, black and white patterns on the elytra and thorax. There were small patches of brown at the apices. . The elytra and thorax were covered with short stiff setae and each elytron had a narrow white line near the apex. The thorax was narrower posteriorly. The head had a crown-shaped pattern posterior to the eyes.


  • Heliomystis electrica

    13 Nov 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A brown moth with wing span about 40 mm. Thorax was covered with short dense brown setae. Fore wings were sectioned into three by thin dark jagged lines. The hind wings were a bright orange with dark brown sub marginal area. Antennae were feathery. This moth was high up on the wall so the photo is a little skewed. Also, could not get rid of the pesky alates that were everywhere last night. My thanks to Cathy Powers for the ID.


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    1. Cathy Powers  Hello Leuba - This is Heliomystis electrica (Geometridae - MOV 4)

      Reply • 14 Nov 2017

    2. Leuba Ridgway  Thanks so much Cathy. I should have had a better look, especially with all the MoV books at hand.

      Reply • 14 Nov 2017

  • Schedotrioza spp. Gall-insect Psyllid

    28 Sep 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    These were attractive thin-walled urn-shaped galls that appeared to be about 10 to 12 mm tall. The apical openings through which the adults would have emerged had jagged edges which were a deep pink. This colour bled into the pale green bodies and bases of the galls. Spotted on the upper surface of eucalyptus leaves - Gum tree species not known.


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  • Stanwellia grisea Melbourne Trap-door Spider Melbourne Trapdoor Spider

    14 Jun 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A long-legged dark brown spider with large fangs spotted crawling around the back yard. Fine short hairs on the legs and abdomen gave it a silky look. The small abdomen and large palps suggest that it's a male.


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  • Unidentified

    10 Sep 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A pale moth with a wing span of about 20 mm. Each fore wing had a slightly dark patch outlined by dark flecks. Labial palps were close together, stout and recurved with dense setae at the base. Trailing fore wing margins were fringed. I need help with identifying this moth. Thanks. I have checked Oecophoridae and Gelechioidea but can't find a match !


  • Praxis pandesma Variable Praxis

    01 Aug 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A dark moth with a wing span of about 35 to 40 mm with dense setae on thorax and legs. Fore wings had scalloped trailing margins. Faint flecks of yellow-green were seen on costa and submarginal areas of wings. Feathery antennae were a deep red. Labial palps short. Could not make out much else against the darkness of the velvety wings but could see fine wavy lines. There were about three of these moths around bright lights on a cool evening. My thanks to Cathy Powers and Peter Marriott for the ID.


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    1. Cathy Powers  Leuba - looks like a Praxis but I will search further.

      Reply • 31 Aug 2017

    2. Cathy Powers  This is Praxis pandesma and the ID has been confirmed by Peter Marriott. This genus will be featured in MOV8 due to be published this year.

      Reply • 31 Aug 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you so much Cathy & Peter Marriott- a new one for me ! and quite an attractive moth.

        Reply • 03 Sep 2017

  • Apiomorpha frenchi

    22 Jul 2017-33.9,148.0Leuba Ridgway

    An almost cylindrical gall with a slightly broader base (point of attachment to the stem). The gall appeared woody with a rough exterior. A drier gall seen on the same tree appeared to have annular splits. The apical end of the gall had rounded edges with a depressed centre and perfectly circular hole. Spotted on ? Eucalyptus blakelyi (Blakely's red gum) in the Weddin Mountains National Park, NSW.


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    1. David Francis  Apiomorpha frenchi added to database

      Reply • 31 Jul 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you David. Sorry I couldn't respond earlier.

        Reply • 28 Aug 2017

  • Creiis corniculatus Eastern Horn Lerp

    26 Jul 2017-34.1,146.2Leuba Ridgway

    These were small slightly flattened trumpet-shaped lerps spotted on eucalyptus leaves. The broader part of these lerps were transparent and appeared fragile. Each of these lerps appeared to have a nymph inside with their pale orange bodies clearly visible through the transparent lerp shell. Unlike lerps of Glycaspis species, I could not see any ants crawling around these lerps. I assume therefore that these lerps are not made of the same material as the Glycaspis species. Also, this species of Creiis lerps seemed keratinous. Various birds feed on lerps but a study on lerp-feeding by birds suggests that birds avoided the Creiis species of lerps. Spotted on Mugga Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) in the Cocoparra National Park, New South Wales


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    1. David Francis  Creiis corniculatus added to db.

      Reply • 31 Jul 2017

  • Bondia nigella

    23 Jun 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A small silky black moth about 6 mm long with tufts of scales on the fore wings. On each fore wing was a small gold crescent, about one-third of the distance from the trailing margin. Labial palps were recurved and covered with setae. Some banding in the legs visible. Spotted under bright lights after a warm day near a national park (Dandenong Ranges) My thanks to Cathy Powers who has identified this beauty as Bondia nigella. Family: Carposinidae ( Please add Bondia nigella. Thank you.)


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    1. Cathy Powers  Beautiful, Leuba. I will work on ID help.

      Reply • 25 Jun 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you Cathy. Was hoping you'd see it - sorry about the "blue" overall colour.

        Reply • 26 Jun 2017

    2. Cathy Powers  How about Bondia nigella in the Carposinidae family?

      Reply • 27 Jun 2017

    3. Cathy Powers  B. nigella added to species list.

      Reply • 01 Jul 2017

    4. Cathy Powers  Bondia nigella species id suggested

      Reply • 10 Jul 2017

  • Cymatoderma elegans

    16 May 2017-37.8,148.5Leuba Ridgway

    A large brown paper-thin fruiting body with a ruffled upper surface and beautiful white pore surface (underside) arising from a damp log. The fruiting body had a very short stipe. Spotted in a temperate rain forest. My thanks to John Walter for the ID and information highlighting differences between Podoscypha and Cymatoderma.


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    1. John Walter  Hi Leuba, this looks more like Cymatoderma elegans, it has much larger funnels than the Podoscypha and the wrinkled white underside is not seen on the Podoscypha

      Reply • 16 Dec 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thanks again John. It's so good to have the added information. Love the dramatic underside and so pleased to have one I've never seen before. Sorry I couldn't amend the ID sooner.

        Reply • 23 Dec 2017

  • Oncopera intricoides

    06 Jun 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A handsome ghost moth with dark tented wings . The wings had a span of about 40 mm and showed pale curvy patterns. Antennae were feathery and the thorax had dense brown setae. Spotted near a national park - mixed native trees.


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  • Phaeographis mucronata

    16 May 2017-37.8,148.5Leuba Ridgway

    Small pale greyish-white plaques (photobiont) were seen on moist thick bark of a eucalypt. Each of these plaques had a scribbly lead-grey pattern. These long, branched reproductive parts (Lirellae) are the apothecia. Spotted on coastal banksia - Snowy River Estuary.


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    1. David Francis  Phaeographis mucronata added to db. ALA has Graphis mucronata as a syn. Your obs are always very enigmatic, Leuba!

      Reply • 25 May 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you for adding the ID David. My obs are enigmatic you say.. I don't have fantastic photographic equipment so I am forced to take shots of things that will not fly or run away from me but more often than not these specimens have very interesting life cycles and associations. I take shots of anything unusual and then research it afterwards - it's been great learning & very interesting so far !

        Reply • 25 May 2017

  • Ramboldia laeta

    16 May 2017-37.8,148.5Leuba Ridgway

    Greyish white plaques with small brilliant red irregular convex discs which produce spores (apothecia). The apothecia were scattered on the grey crust. Spotted on a damp tree trunk - coastal /estuarine at the high tide mark.


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  • Collema spp.

    16 May 2017-37.8,148.5Leuba Ridgway

    Small patches of green slimy lichen with flat bluish-white apothecia on damp tree trunks. Spotted on coastal Banksia at high tide mark.


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  • Hericium coralloides Coral Tooth Fungus

    22 May 2017-37.9,145.5Leuba Ridgway

    This beautiful toothed coral fungus was seen in two clumps, a large one about 170 mm across and a smaller one within the tree hollow. The small clump was fresh, white and highly branched with multiple soft spines. The larger clump was slightly old, drier with stiffer spines. Spotted on a damp tree stump - Beech


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    1. David Francis  Hericium coralloides now in db.

      Reply • 25 May 2017

  • Anestia ombrophanes Clouded Footman Anestia ombrophanes Clouded Footman

    09 Apr 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Three clouded footman males were seen fluttering around for awhile before settling on a door frame. On closer inspection I could see one of them was successful in finding and mating with a wingless female seen here as a furry white ovoid shape with thin black bands and pale orange spots along the sides. The males were of two sizes and had distinctly pectinated antennae. The mating male can be seen head pointing downwards. Beside the female was a hairy cocoon and an empty pupal case probably recently vacated by the female. Within the hairy cage was also small wrinkled piece of skin shed by the caterpillar before pupating. Pic 3 was taken 6 days later when two of the moths had flown away and the other was clear-off the female. The female had started laying eggs seen here as minute glistening orbs. The female had the same colours as seen on the caterpillar. Will wait to see what happens next.....


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    1. David Francis  What a fantastic series of observations and notes. It took me a while to see that there were three males and one female.

      Reply • 11 Apr 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you David. I have three more to add to this series. Was exciting to follow their progression..

        Reply • 08 May 2017

    2. Leuba Ridgway  David, I edited this spotting, loaded 3 more photos and added to the Description. But it doesn't seem to have worked. I can't find the photos anywhere. Should I load them as a separate spotting and if yes, how do I link the two. Thanks

      Reply • 08 May 2017

      • David Francis  Hi Leuba, I'm not sure why it hasn't worked. I'll check with Rylie the NS programmer.

        Reply • 08 May 2017

      • David Francis  Leuba, I think there is a limit to the file size total per observation. You could upload the new photos as a separate observation and put links (copy and paste) into the description for each obs.

        Reply • 10 May 2017

    3. Leuba Ridgway  Thank you David. Will do.

      Reply • 11 May 2017

  • Papilio anactus Dainty Swallowtail Dingy Swallowtail

    22 Mar 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This Chrysalis was seen about 12 days after the small early instar of this butterfly was seen. It was hard to differentiate between the pupa and plant stem as it looked very much in colour & form like a stem gall induced by a citrus gall wasp. One end of the 3 cm pupa was bifurcated.


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  • Papilio anactus Dainty Swallowtail Dingy Swallowtail

    09 Mar 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar - early instar


  • Nacoleia rhoeoalis

    16 Mar 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This moth had a wing span of about 20 mm. Wings were greyish green with thin black wriggly lines and dark brown patches. each fore wing showed a small patch of white. Spotted under bright lights near a suburban garden. My thanks to Cathy Powers for the ID.


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    1. Cathy Powers  Nacoleia rhoeoalis species id suggested

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    2. Leuba Ridgway  Thank you so much Cathy.

      Reply • 18 Mar 2017

  • Pterohelaeus spp.

    16 Mar 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This dusty blue beetle was about 13 mm long. The dorso-ventrally flattened body had a flange around both the thorax and elytra. Spotted under bright lights in a suburban garden on a very warm night. This could be P.peltatus but needs confirmation.


  • Unidentified

    11 Mar 2017-37.9,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    A small butterfly with fawn coloured wings with iridescent blue tones near the wing bases. The wings which looked fragile could have had a span of about 15 mm. Spotted flying close to the ground over open grass land. Also present were other blues like Zizina labradus. ( I believe this is Zizula hylax. Could someone confirm please. Thanks)


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    1. David Francis  Yes, it could be Z. hylax but I'd like to see the underside to be sure.

      Reply • 12 Mar 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you for looking at this David. I do have a photo of the underside but it is very unclear. Will have another look and post it. thanks again.

        Reply • 15 Mar 2017