Mothing Glenmaggie #2

A warm calm night was ideal for the November mothing session at the Glenmaggie old bush block, and while setting up I noticed quite a few beetles flying up above. Hmm I thought, they could be a problem, and so it turned out to be. With the light shining they started to arrive, large and small, for example a Bess Beetle, Passalidae family, and a small elongated beetle in the Brentidae family, Cordus hospes. Bess beetles live in rotting logs and feed their larvae on masticated wood.

bess beetle


Then as the night wore on, small “beetles” came to the light in their hundreds, and it didn’t take long to realise that they were in fact bugs, not beetles, and one of the distinguishing features was their fragrance…. Many bugs emit a quite unpleasant smell, these weren’t so bad with an aroma vaguely tinged with eucalyptus. They were burrowing bugs in the Cydinae family, it was the first time I’d encountered them and I’m not particularly anxious to make their acquaintance in such numbers again….

burrowing bug

In dry bush such as this bulldog ants often wander around the light looking for an easy meal, the picture tells the story.

bulldog ant

But on to moths, the rig was set up close to a large Exocarpos cupressiformis, or native cherry, and the first moth to land was a nice Genduara punctigera, the larvae of which feed on the cherry.


Larvae of many of the Foresters, Zygaenidae family, feed on Hibbertia foliage. The block has plenty of Hibbertia obtusifolia, and on this night quite a number of Pollanisus sp. moths came in. They are a metallic green and quite eye catching, but unfortunately the wing scales are easily lost.


Prior to this night I’d only recorded the Tiny Tussock Moth, Oligeria hemicalla once, so it was good to see one fly up the sheet even though it then disappeared.


There are only a relatively small number of state records of Anestia semiochrea, several nice specimens came to the light.

anestia semiochrea

Another new moth settled near the edge of the sheet and at first I took it for a Geometrid, then saw the palpi and realised it was a Noctuid. It is Prorocopis euxantha, again a moth with a small number of state records.


And, just when I’d decided to leave the night to the beetles and bugs, a big bomber came in, a Cossid, Endoxyla species, I think encalypti but am open to correction.


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It’s a big bad world out there, we’ll just hide in the wattle tree for now.


I’m sick of hiding, this teatree is a pretty spot but I don’t like the look of that human.

wattlebird chick

Come over here you two, I’ll look after you until Mum comes with something to eat.

wattlebird chicks

Here she is, take it in turns and don’t be greedy.


Well done, excellent table manners.


Now children, it’s time for you to practise your Red Wattlebird calls with me, all together now, at the count of three, one, two, three!

red wattlebirds

The Red Wattlebirds in the garden normally hatch and raise two young, this time they have three and are flat out keeping them fed. The last four pictures were taken through the window glass.

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