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Abantiades atripalpis (TBC)

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Unidentified at Suppressed - 4 Jun 2019
Unidentified at Suppressed - 4 Jun 2019

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Common moth Abantiades atripalpis 4 Jun 2019 DougReckord

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These photos were sent by Cobargo PS who were asking for ID assistance. We are guessing here. Based on the fact that there was rain and a lot of moths about in other locations of the Bega Valley last night! BEEC staff reported lots of moths at Bournda EEC and residences in Kalaru and Dr George. So our hypothesis is that these are rain moth eggs.

4 comments

   4 Jun 2019
Trictena or Abantiades?
   4 Jun 2019
The teacher at Cobargo PS sent a follow up message

"Hi Doug,
Thank you so much for such a detailed investigation and response to this query!
The answer does make sense - our cleaner who arrives at 4am (and has a daughter in my class) spoke to me this morning and said that there were hundreds of moths flying around the sensor lights. As soon as the sun rose, the Currawongs had a delicious feast on the moths! It makes total sense that the eggs were moth eggs.
I will share this find with the students tomorrow!
Many thanks,"
   4 Jun 2019
I dont know enough to say which Hepialidae species would lay these particular eggs, but the account certainly suggest a Hepialidae species. While A, atripalpis can emerge in large numbers, a much more common Hepialidae species, particularly in June, is Oxycanus diremptus. It was flying in the State forest just north of Bermagui last week. Both species are on the Atlas, and look quite different. If a person who saw the moths could have a look at the Atlas, I think we would soon know which one it was.
   7 Jun 2019
The species that we were seeing here at Bournda are Oxycanus dirempta. I've asked the teacher to see if they can find any moths around the school for a photo.

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  • 1000 Abundance
  • 4 Jun 2019 9:11 AM Recorded on
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