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Hepialidae sp. (family) IMMATURES

1 Unidentified IMMATURE Swift or Ghost Moth at Kambah, ACT

Hepialidae sp. (family) IMMATURES at Kambah, ACT - 5 Nov 2021
Hepialidae sp. (family) IMMATURES at Kambah, ACT - 5 Nov 2021
Hepialidae sp. (family) IMMATURES at Kambah, ACT - 5 Nov 2021
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Hepialidae sp. (family) IMMATURES 5 Nov 2021 donhe
Hepialidae sp. (family) IMMATURES 5 Nov 2021 ibaird
Unidentified 5 Nov 2021 HelenCross

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Would you like this one reared to mothhood @donhe ?

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RogerF wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
Its a Hepialid. see page 228 in my book!
RogerF wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
Its a Hepialid. see page 228 in my book!
HelenCross wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
Thanks Roger - a ghost moth caterpillar! And it did throw itself into violent contortions when I picked it up - although I didn't see/hear any snapping of jaws :)
HelenCross wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
And what should I feed it?
RogerF wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
I'm not sure if it is fresh plant feeder as the one I found was living in compost and could have been a detritus feeder.
HelenCross wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
OK, it was crawling along in the grass and seemed to be tasting the grass leaves but not eating them
RogerF wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
Maybe it was looking for a spot to pupate or the rain filled its tunnel with water
RogerF wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
Thanks Ian. I think Ted Edwards identified my original specimen.
donhe wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
It would be great if you can rear it to moth-hood to get the species, but I suspect it was disoriented due to an infection.
HelenCross wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
An infection?
donhe wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
Yeah: caterpillars get infected with viruses and bacteria just like we do, with flu, measles, etc (probably not covid), and they don't have a GP to go to, to get antibiotics.
HelenCross wrote:
   5 Nov 2021
And you think this because of where I found it?
donhe wrote:
   6 Nov 2021
Yes. Most Hepialidae larvae are innately programmed to burrow into something, and to pupate in their burrow. They do not normally walk about in broad daylight where any passing bird can pick them off.
HelenCross wrote:
   6 Nov 2021
Thanks ::)

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Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog, Emerald Spotted Tree Frog) at Kambah, ACT - 11 Apr 2022 by HelenCross
Chrysolarentia imperviata (Elusuve Carpet) at Kambah, ACT - 11 Apr 2022 by HelenCross
Clubiona sp. (genus) (Unidentified Stout Sac Spider) at Kambah, ACT - 11 Apr 2022 by HelenCross
Homalictus sp. (genus) (Native bee) at Kambah, ACT - 11 Apr 2022 by HelenCross
Lasiocampidae (family) immature (Lappet & Snout Moths) at Kambah, ACT - 11 Apr 2022 by HelenCross
Tasmanicosa sp. (genus) (Unidentified Tasmanicosa wolf spider) at Kambah, ACT - 28 Feb 2022 by HelenCross
Argoctenus sp. (genus) (Wandering ghost spider) at Kambah, ACT - 11 Feb 2022 by HelenCross
Braconidae sp. (family) (Unidentified braconid wasp) at Kambah, ACT - 7 Feb 2022 by HelenCross
Pergidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Sawfly) at Kambah, ACT - 7 Feb 2022 by HelenCross
Eucalyptus globulus subsp. bicostata (Southern Blue Gum, Eurabbie) at Kambah, ACT - 7 Feb 2022 by HelenCross
Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Kambah, ACT - 16 Jan 2022 by HelenCross
Endoxyla lituratus (A Wattle Goat Moth) at Kambah, ACT - 1 Jan 2022 by HelenCross
Anzoplana trilineata (A Flatworm) at Kambah, ACT - 6 Nov 2021 by HelenCross
Cormocephalus aurantiipes (Orange-legged Centipede) at Kambah, ACT - 12 Aug 2021 by HelenCross
Pseudoperga sp. (genus) (Sawfly, Spitfire) at Kambah, ACT - 11 Dec 2020 by HelenCross

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 1 Abundance
  • 5 Nov 2021 12:45 PM Recorded on
  • HelenCross Recorded by

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  • Larvae Breeding behaviour

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