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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Mothing two sites.

Mothing modus operandi this season involves sampling two long unburnt sites, one of which has been featured twice, plus a small number of other specially selected sites. The other unburnt site is at Glenmaggie, and is red box/ironbark/red stringy bush with a sparse under story of golden wattle, burgan, and other small shrubs and semi-shrubs. My first mothing session there was notable in that it was the first time that I filled my camera card, and towards the end had to back track and delete images in order to accommodate moths that were still coming in. As is always the case, moths that were new to me came in, a Notodontid, Neola semiaurata for example, several of which arrived. The larvae of this species are happy to feed on wattle foliage.


A lovely pristine specimen of Austroterpna paratorna came to the light, confirming the presence of the species in Gippsland. The larvae are also wattle grazers.


Thallarcha staurocola also helped to fill in the distribution map for the species.


The genus Enchocrates is part of the Depressariidae family of moths and this gorgeous little E. glaucopis was also a first for me.


Leaving the dry box/ironbark bush for now and on to something quite different, some tall moister forest along a creek south of Mount Moornapa. This was a fairly short session but a friend and I photographed some good moths, one of which was an uncommon male Lithilaria proestans, Sculpted Bone Moth, from the Herminiidae family.

bone moth

Our mothing sites have been quite productive for the Praxis genus, Noctuids that have been the subject of recent study by Peter Marriott of the Moths of Victoria project. This was a very nice specimen that posed for the cameras.


Another tick for my moth life list was Halone consolatrix,the Marbled Halone, a very attractive small moth in the Lithosiinae sub-family of the Arctiidae.


And a beautiful large Oecophorid to end this post, Wingia lambertella.


Two albums from these sites can be found here and here.

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