An attractive moth with patches of rust brown and grey on the fore wings and narrow white wavy transverse bands that dipped down at the apices. Hind wings showed thin wavy brown lines and a broader white band near the trailing margin. The under side of the silky wings were pale. Wing span about 20 mm.
Spotted under bright garden lights.
A small attractive moth that looked almost square because of a hunched back. Satiny wings were a creamy colour deepening to a reddish-brown towards the trailing margins. Two lines of small black dots slanted downwards from the mid-costal area.
Wing span - 20 mm.
Drawn to bright garden lights. Mixed natives in the area.
A moth with a wing span of about 30 mm. It was more grey than brown with the fore wings showing a central transverse band. Each fore wing had two oblique black lines, one running from wing base downwards to the inner margin and a shorter one from the apex of each fore wing running upwards.
Spotted under bright lights on a warm night in a suburban garden. Mixed native trees around. Also near a national park.
I am hoping the moth will return tonight so I can get a better shot/natural light. Thanks to Cathy Powers for confirming this as Dysbatus.
This moth had an attractive shimmer to its grey-brown wings. The wing veins stood out and were a distinctive brown. Each fore wing had two thin transverse black lines that together formed a band when at rest. Within the band was a small black crescent shaped mark. A narrow black line traversed the thorax along the anterior edge. Underside of wings were pale with dark sooty patches nearer the trailing margins. Wing span would have been about 30 mm.
Spotted in a suburban garden. Probably attracted to lights at night.
Thanks to Cathy Powers for the ID.
This slightly pearly, creamy moth had a wing span of about 20 mm. The wings had dark flecks - about three rows on the fore wings and two on the hind wings. The trailing margin of each wing had a thin dark broken line and a short white fringe.
Attracted to garden lights on a warm night - mixed native trees around.
This small silky peach-coloured moth had a large irregularly shaped black patch in the middle of each fore wing. Small black specks were sen along the trailing margin and the sub-marginal border. Thorax was also a sooty black. Wing span was about 15 mm.
Spotted under bright lights in suburban garden. Plenty of native trees around.
This attractive jumping spider was just a little over 5 mm long. The body was black with a banded yellow pattern on the abdomen. Legs were brown and pedipalps were covered with white hairs.
Spotted on outer wall -suburban house.
These beautiful orchids were about 25 cms tall. Flowers were on stout stems with pink tinges on the hood-forming central sepal. The other sepals and petals were spread out. The labellum had dark reddish spots and transverse bars. Leaves were fleshy and lanceolate (partially visible in photo).
Spotted along the track in an alpine national park (Baw Baw NP)
This small lynx spider had a leg span of about 10 to 12 mm. Legs were pale, long and spikey. The body had black and white stripes through the length of it and what looked like a fuzz of fine red hairs around the cephalothorax making it look like an attractive two-toned spider at a glance. Palps were large and dark suggesting that it was male.
Spotted in a suburban garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.....