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.
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.
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.
We do not know what this plant is. Tightly clumped circle 40cm in diameter, 10cm high, of shiny green elongated leaves 4-7cm long. Mass of leaves with lots of flowers hidden under the leaves. Flowers are hooded, cup-like 3-4cm long with a thick white column inside. White base with purple hood. Plant appears to be connected with roots, not bulbs.