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Nyctemera amicus

Senecio or Magpie moth at The Pinnacle

Nyctemera amicus at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021
Nyctemera amicus at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021
Nyctemera amicus at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021
Nyctemera amicus at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021
Nyctemera amicus at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021
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Nyctemera amicus 7 Jan 2021 ibaird
Nyctemera amicus 7 Jan 2021 donhe
Unidentified 7 Jan 2021 AlisonMilton

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Raised to adulthood.New photos added.

5 comments

   7 Jan 2021
In protective custody, however its preferred food may not be easy to find. There was lots of this at Lake Ginninderra but a trip there today revealed that this has been the 'victim' of the extensive weeding around this area last year. Hopefully it will be amenable to a different diet.
donhe wrote:
   7 Jan 2021
What plant were they eating? They seem to accept many common Asteraceae weeds: see http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/plants/aste/asteraceae.html
   8 Jan 2021
It was a very straggly plant, possibly star cudweed or similar.
Mike wrote:
   8 Jan 2021
Likely to be Senecio quadridentatus from its appearance. This is a preferred food plant though the caterpillars can be fussy eaters, stripping one plant while ignoring others nearby.
   8 Jan 2021
There were a few Magpie moths flying around at the lake yesterday so they must be feeding on some plant there. Perhaps I'll go back and see if I can find a preferred plant if it doesn't like any of the variety of plants I've put in with it.

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Calomela maculicollis (Leaf beetle) at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton Geometridae (family) IMMATURES (Unidentified IMMATURE Geometer moths) at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton Gastrophora henricaria (Fallen-bark Looper, Beautiful Leaf Moth) at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton Geometridae (family) IMMATURES (Unidentified IMMATURE Geometer moths) at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton Taractrocera papyria (White-banded Grass-dart) at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by Alison Milton Pyrrholaemus sagittatus (Speckled Warbler) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by Alison Milton Camponotus consobrinus (Banded sugar ant) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton Holoplatys sp. (genus) (Unidentified Holoplatys jumping spider) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton Salpesia sp. (genus) (Salpesia Jumping Spider) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton Servaea sp. (genus) (Unidentified Servaea jumping spider) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton Platybrachys decemmacula (Green-faced gum hopper) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton Platybrachys decemmacula (Green-faced gum hopper) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton Salticidae sp. 'Golden palps' (Unidentified jumping spider) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at The Pinnacle - 14 Apr 2020 by Christine Urodacus manicatus (Black Rock Scorpion) at The Pinnacle - 17 Mar 2020 by Kurt Zizina otis (Common Grass-blue) at The Pinnacle - 27 Feb 2020 by AlisonMilton Pyrrholaemus sagittata (Speckled Warbler) at The Pinnacle - 6 Oct 2018 by Alison Milton Caligavis chrysops (Yellow-faced Honeyeater) at The Pinnacle - 19 Apr 2015 by Alison Milton
Calomela maculicollis (Leaf beetle) at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton
Geometridae (family) IMMATURES (Unidentified IMMATURE Geometer moths) at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton
Gastrophora henricaria (Fallen-bark Looper, Beautiful Leaf Moth) at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton
Geometridae (family) IMMATURES (Unidentified IMMATURE Geometer moths) at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton
Taractrocera papyria (White-banded Grass-dart) at The Pinnacle - 6 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton
Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by Alison Milton
Pyrrholaemus sagittatus (Speckled Warbler) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by Alison Milton
Camponotus consobrinus (Banded sugar ant) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton
Holoplatys sp. (genus) (Unidentified Holoplatys jumping spider) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton
Salpesia sp. (genus) (Salpesia Jumping Spider) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton
Servaea sp. (genus) (Unidentified Servaea jumping spider) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton
Platybrachys decemmacula (Green-faced gum hopper) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton
Platybrachys decemmacula (Green-faced gum hopper) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton
Salticidae sp. 'Golden palps' (Unidentified jumping spider) at The Pinnacle - 29 Sep 2020 by AlisonMilton
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at The Pinnacle - 14 Apr 2020 by Christine
Urodacus manicatus (Black Rock Scorpion) at The Pinnacle - 17 Mar 2020 by Kurt
Zizina otis (Common Grass-blue) at The Pinnacle - 27 Feb 2020 by AlisonMilton
Pyrrholaemus sagittata (Speckled Warbler) at The Pinnacle - 6 Oct 2018 by Alison Milton
Caligavis chrysops (Yellow-faced Honeyeater) at The Pinnacle - 19 Apr 2015 by Alison Milton

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 6 Jan 2021 01:42 PM Recorded on
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