On the previous trip we noticed a likely location for mothing on Little Monkey Creek. The vegetation consists mainly of big swamp gums and peppermints with an understory of several varieties of leptospermum and melaleuca, with prickly currant bush, kunzea, silver banksia and water ferns. While setting up and waiting for darkness to fall I was surrounded by gang-gangs, flying over, and talking to each other as they settled for the night. Moths were not over abundant but as usual there were several of interest. Pyralids of the Salma type were in a range of colours, and with Dichromodes species were the predominant arrivals. On checking the back of the sheet after some time I spotted this unusual Geometrid in the Ennominae sub-family, and one of my mothing gurus tells me it is the only photograph she has seen of a living specimen of (Selidosema) thermaea.
It looks as if there’s value in trying different locations and habitat types.
At a casual glance they could be taken for a big ant and that is their raison d’etre, they live in association with the ants they prey on, and even mimic some of the ants’ behaviour to avoid being themselves attacked. There’s some interesting info here on Wikipedia
Autumn is the time when the robins start to come down from the mountains to the low country for the winter. We’ve got used to them appearing on the fence in March, and sure enough, three days ago a female scarlet robin arrived. I had only one chance to get a shot of her partly hidden behind a dropper. Click all pictures to enlarge.