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  • 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

    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

      Reply • 16 Mar 2017

    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

  • Syringoseca rhodoxantha

    01 Mar 2017-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A small attractive red-orange moth with fine cream patterns. Wing span about 20 mm. Re-curved labial palps and long thin antennae.


  • Endoxyla spp.

    27 Jan 2017-37.3,144.0Leuba Ridgway

    This attractive Cossid moth would have been about 40 to 45 mm long. Has the distinct black upside down "V" pattern on the thorax seen in Endoxyla genus. Spotted unfurling its wings. I would greatly appreciate any assistance with an ID. Thanks.


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    1. Cathy Powers  Absolutely fantastic images. Not one I am familiar with but will chase some ID help.

      Reply • 05 Feb 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you Cathy. I was hoping you'd have a look at it. This photo was taken by a friend who passed it on to me and gave me permission to use it. He saw it unfurling its wings - so a very fresh specimen !

        Reply • 05 Feb 2017

    2. Andrew Brown  Looks very similar to a moth I observed https://natureshare.org.au/observations/5870d111ed2a89f464000e70?collection_id=57e73515ed2a89450f00736c

      Reply • 05 Feb 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thanks Andrew. I too think it's perhaps an Endoxyla moth. It does look a little like yours.

        Reply • 05 Feb 2017

    3. Cathy Powers  Endoxyla spp. species id suggested

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    4. Cathy Powers  Had Peter Marriott look at this and since the Cossidae group are in a big mess as far as ID of species is concerned, he recommended the best ID would be Endoxyla spp. Sometime down the track we may have these sorted out. Leuba, Peter agreed that the images were of a very newly emerged specimen!

      Reply • 06 Feb 2017

      • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you very much for your help Cathy and thanks also to Peter Mariott. My friend will be so pleased that his spotting has had expert input !

        Reply • 06 Feb 2017

  • Caulerpa cactoides

    26 Jan 2017-38.4,145.1Leuba Ridgway

    This green seaweed (Caulerpa cactoides) appeared in two forms, one as a cluster and the other as an elongated string of vesicles attached to flattened median segments. This variation in appearance is apparently due to wave action in different parts of the bay. Pic 2 shows some brown (root-like) rhizoids at the base of the seaweed. Spotted washed ashore at Westernport Bay -at low tide. Native to Australia.


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    1. Chris Clarke  Most interesting

      Reply • 26 Jan 2017

    2. David Francis  Caulerpa cactoides added. Good to have some seaweeds in NS

      Reply • 27 Jan 2017

    3. David Francis  Caulerpa cactoides species id suggested

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    4. Leuba Ridgway  Thank you for adding the ID David. I am sorry i could not get to it earlier.

      Reply • 04 Feb 2017

  • Maratus volans Gliding Spider Peacock Spider

    08 Nov 2016-38.0,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    This cute little jumping spider was about 5 mm long. The black cephalothorax had white and orange stripes in the anterior part and just white stripes in the posterior section. The abdomen had beautiful orange blue and green colours with iridescence. legs were covered with setae and the palps were fluffy with white setae. Spotted near a creek in dappled shade (Cardinia Reservoir Park)


  • Chaetophyes compacta Froghopper

    30 Nov 2016-38.1,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A small female tube spittlebug resting on the tube created perhaps by its nymphs. The tube looked like a concrete horn with dried-up spittle along the tree branch at the opening of the tube. The female spittlebug has a green head and thorax with dark tinted wings. Spotted on a young eucalyptus tree in a botanical garden ( Cranbourne Gardens)


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  • Crucibulum laeve Common Bird?s Nest Common Birds Nest

    14 Aug 2016-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway


  • Cordyceps gunnii

    30 May 2016-37.9,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    Poking out of the ground to about 90 mm were a number of these black club-shaped fruiting bodies. Structurally they were differentiated into black clubs above and pale greenish yellow stems below. The older thicker clubs had white fluffy material on the dark clubs. Spotted under a mature Acacia tree. There were about 20 and all well separated. The white material on the fruiting bodies are thread-like spores. They break up into 3 -5 mm long part spores which penetrate the ground and infect caterpillars of moths which could be well below the surface, even up to 40 cms. The fungus consumes the soft tissue of the host and grows up wards to the ground surface were black fruiting bodies appear and thicken to maturity. Moth larvae of the genus Oxycanus ( Hepialidae) are said to be the common hosts to this fungus.


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  • Calosoma (Australodrepa) schayeri Green Carab Beetle

    25 Oct 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This 20 mm long beetle looked very different to other ground beetles because of its flattened body and a thorax that is notched both anteriorly and posteriorly. Elytra showed fine parallel ridges and had a metallic sheen which reflected purple and teal colours. Legs were long had short spines. These ground beetles are said to feed on caterpillars. They are strongly attracted to U-V emitting lights and can congregate in large numbers but do not stay in one place for long. They stay hidden during the day but are very active at night.


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    1. David Francis  Leuba, Calosoma (Australodrepa) schayeri is in the database. David

      Reply • 07 Apr 2016

  • Mictis profana Crusader Bug

    11 Mar 2016-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Pic 1 shows the 5th instar and Pic 2, the 3rd instar of the Crusader Bug. The younger nymph had yellow bands on his legs and a small yellow band on the antennal tips. The 5th instar shows a better developed pronotum and smart bolero-like yellow wing buds. The antennal tip were completely yellow and legs completely brown by this stage. Both were seen on the same young wattle plant.


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