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Patchwork Owlet (Meterana pauca)

Date

January 17, 2024 12:09 AM NZDT

Description

Amazing still night in Paparoa Range where I saw roroa / Great Spotted Kiwi, and also a whole lotta moths. Extremely pleased this one showed up.

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What

Frosted Phoenix (Titanomis sisyrota)

Observer

pav_johnsson

Date

March 2, 2024 12:37 AM NZDT

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Date

February 17, 2024 01:33 AM NZDT

Description

Appears to match the photograph of this one very closely! Upper Siberia Stream catchment, north of Mount Alba, Mt Aspiring National Park. Moths either drawn to light or caught and photographed by day.

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Date

February 16, 2024 03:08 PM NZDT

Description

At a complete loss on this one and may well have the wrong family.... day flying near cliffs at about 1,100 metres. Upper Siberia Stream catchment, north of Mount Alba, Mt Aspiring National Park. Moths either drawn to light or caught and photographed by day.

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What

Streblus Fruit Moth (Phycomorpha metachrysa)

Observer

possumsend

Date

February 2, 2024 01:10 AM NZDT

Description

Assisting @Carey-Knox-Southern-Scales on moth surveys. 20ha Matai dominated rich forest remnant surrounded by pasture/tussock/sparse shrublands. Various light/sheet combinations set up on forest edge.

Following the discovery of a Streblus Fruit Moth on the previous night we explored the forest more thoroughly the following day and discovered several groves of Streblus. We set a number of lights/sheets specifically targeting these trees and this moth. With success, probably 7 individuals came to light. 4 further individuals of this very variable moth are recorded.

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What

Broom Flash (Pseudocoremia melinata)

Observer

possumsend

Date

February 2, 2024 09:05 AM NZDT

Description

Assisting @Carey-Knox-Southern-Scales on moth surveys. We had researched the local moth fauna before the trip and noticed a nearby observation by Alice Shanks of Pseudcoremia melinata - see here https://inaturalist.nz/observations/9122199 We therefore scouted the area and discovered a large area of Carmichaelia (the moth's host plant) closeby. Carey set up a light to specifically target this species. Success! 4 moths came to light, 3 males and a female. The following night a 5th moth came to a Heath light trap set a couple of hundred metres further away. This is the moth that came to a 9W flourescent actinic Heath Moth Trap.

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Observer

possumsend

Date

January 30, 2024 09:15 PM NZDT

Description

Assisting @Carey-Knox-Southern-Scales on moth surveys. Day survey. Up to 900m asl.

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possumsend

Date

January 29, 2024 09:53 PM NZDT

Description

Assisting @Carey-Knox-Southern-Scales on moth surveys. Evening/Night 1. Multiple lights/sheets set up in a steep gully of native bush. Undergrowth dominated by ongaonga. Ribbonwood/lacebark dominant forest trees, some kowhai and totara etc. Quite battered but possibly P. urticae given proximity of tree nettle.

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Date

January 15, 2024 11:18 PM NZDT

Description

To continue confusing myself (following this observation: https://inaturalist.nz/observations/197283813), this seems like G. calliploca or G. primiera, except it has a long dark marking at 1/2 down the wing, a dark patch 45° in from that, and a notable wide dark fringe at the end of the wing.

This one just recently from @carey-knox-southern-scales has the fringe and the dark patch on the inner wing, but not the most obvious black streak, although it's also much more peppered with dark scales: https://inaturalist.nz/observations/196478996

I'm wondering if both of these are Gymnobathra inaequata, as this seems to be a better fit.

https://web.archive.org/web/20100518191657fw_/http://landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biosystematics/invertebrates/lepidoptera/cgi-bin/bug.pl?1517005?14610.0000

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Date

January 17, 2024 04:08 PM NZDT

Description

Species? An undescribed one perhaps? Mature forest remnant on the Southland Plains. Busy night with a good diversity of moths.

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Date

January 13, 2024 01:35 AM NZDT

Description

I've been staring at type photos, Larger Moths, and Hudson paintings.

The closest thing seems to be Eudonia periphanes....if all the details were to varying degrees wrong....wrong, like the colour (this is black and cream, without the brown), the cream lines at the shoulder are straight and pronounced (as opposed to barely there), the two spots at 2/3rds are extremely pronounced with a black margin (as opposed to non-existent to subtle), the cream line at 1/3 is on a notable sharper angle, etc.

It seems this is considered a morph of Eudonia periphanes as @ryan_nz has one: https://inaturalist.nz/observations/100926477 @nhudson @dr_robert

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Observer

possumsend

Date

January 11, 2024 08:37 PM NZDT

Description

Day flying in regen kanuka dominated forest, with others, on a very hot afternoon. 28 degrees, humid. A couple of weeks later than usual, probably because of the cool damp summer (until today) on the Otago Peninsula. @carey-knox-southern-scales - they are here now!

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Date

January 2, 2024 01:52 PM NZDT

Description

Moths galore from a big night at Trotter's Gorge. Moths either drawn to light or netted in the bush.

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possumsend

Date

December 18, 2023 10:14 PM NZDT

Description

Moth survey, Ewe Range about 1600m asl with @Carey-knox-southern-scales Breezy, 9 degrees dropping to 5 ish. Multiple lights deployed in one area. Several specimens of this moth were seen flying over the tussock in late evening. It also came to the lights.

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possumsend

Date

December 18, 2023 07:08 PM NZDT

Description

Moth survey, Ewe Range about 1600m asl with @Carey-knox-southern-scales Breezy, 10 degrees ish, day search.

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possumsend

Date

December 18, 2023 01:12 PM NZDT

Description

Day flying over scree and rock fields at 1600m asl. Very fast. 2 specimens shown, highly reflective from certain camera angles. Gelophaula? Tauroscopa?

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nhudson

Date

October 29, 2022

Description

Caught indoors

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Date

November 18, 2023 12:09 PM NZDT

Description

Tricky, but I thought it matched the description. Host is Carmichaelia, as it is for Samana acutata which was recorded at the same location. A night mothing up on the Wye Creek track overlooking mixed forest and shrubland.

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Observer

ryan_nz

Date

December 15, 2023 04:06 AM NZDT

Description

Puahanui December survey

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Date

November 5, 2023 09:01 PM NZDT

Description

fun night alone at Upper Gridiron Hut, sheltered from the rain by the huge rock slab. Surprisingly good moths just at the hut, but started running out of battery for headtorches.

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Date

November 5, 2023 10:21 PM NZDT

Description

fun night alone at Upper Gridiron Hut, sheltered from the rain by the huge rock slab. Surprisingly good moths just at the hut, but started running out of battery for headtorches.

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possumsend

Date

December 11, 2023 07:44 PM NZDT

Description

Moth survey, Ewe Range with @Carey-knox-southern-scales At about 1500m asl, cold, 7 or 8 degrees with a strong Southerly. Searching alpine wetlands for day flying moths. Forewing about 4 or 5mm.

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Date

November 9, 2023 11:37 AM NZDT

Description

Absolute stunner!!! Assume this is correct as can't think what else it could be? Why are so many moths so much more colourful in Fiordland? A night at Mirror Lakes, Eglinton Valley, Fiordland 9th Nov 2023

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What

Southern Velvet Worms (Family Peripatopsidae)

Observer

oscarkokako

Date

December 2023

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What

Blackhorn Moth (Protosynaema quaestuosa)

Observer

nzwide

Date

November 8, 2014

Description

A very small alpine moth probably 4 mm in body length on car window.
Sorry for the poor quality image but it was always moving.

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What

Pittosporum Plume (Pterophorus furcatalis)

Date

October 20, 2023 09:25 PM NZDT

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What

Orange Triangle (Cephalissa siria)

Observer

possumsend

Date

October 25, 2023 07:15 PM NZDT

Description

Hikaroroa/Mt Watkin Reserve. Moth survey 2. With @carey-knox-southern-scales. Afternoon. Flushed out of a large patch of Fuchsia perscandens, along with others. The second of 2 caught. Photographed under glass. A highlight.

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aalbertrebergen

Date

October 25, 2023 09:32 AM NZDT

Description

?

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What

Kowhai Owlet (Meterana decorata)

Observer

possumsend

Date

September 13, 2023 09:12 AM NZST

Description

On house wall at night. See here https://inaturalist.nz/observations/60795512

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possumsend

Date

September 6, 2023 11:09 PM NZST

Description

Drawn to light. 12c, cloudy, calm. A lovely surprise! Not recorded from here before, planting the kowhai is paying off.

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What

Convolvulus Hawkmoth (Agrius convolvuli)

Observer

possumsend

Date

August 3, 2023 01:19 PM CEST

Description

On tour. 10W UV LED light.

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What

Rosy-striped Knot-Horn (Oncocera semirubella)

Observer

possumsend

Date

August 3, 2023 01:34 PM CEST

Description

On tour. 10W UV LED light.

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What

Jersey Tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria)

Observer

possumsend

Date

August 11, 2023 09:29 AM BST

Place

Exeter, UK (Google, OSM)

Description

On tour. 10W UV LED light.

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What

Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti)

Observer

noahfenwick

Date

January 15, 2023 08:28 AM NZDT

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What

Forest Ringlet (Dodonidia helmsii)

Observer

saras

Date

November 2020

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What

Yellow Dot (Mnesarchaea paracosma)

Observer

possumsend

Date

November 18, 2022 04:36 PM NZDT

Description

Day-flying. Landed on window.

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Observer

invertebratist

Date

April 3, 2022 02:15 AM NZDT

Description

Attracted to light at night.

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What

Meal Moth (Pyralis farinalis)

Observer

invertebratist

Date

November 25, 2022 09:47 PM NZDT

Description

Attracted to light at night.

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invertebratist

Date

December 5, 2022 10:23 PM NZDT

Description

Attracted to lights at night.

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Observer

invertebratist

Date

December 27, 2022 01:48 AM NZDT

Description

Attracted to lights at night.

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What

Common Bag Moth (Liothula omnivora)

Observer

invertebratist

Date

April 3, 2022 02:43 AM NZST

Description

Possibly dead. Found under light at night.

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Observer

invertebratist

Date

December 3, 2022 12:36 AM NZDT

Description

Attracted to lights at night.

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What

Orange Fruit Borer (Isotenes miserana)

Observer

invertebratist

Date

March 27, 2022 12:39 AM NZDT

Description

Attracted to light at night.

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What

Pink-Tipped Yellow Moth (Gymnobathra flavidella)

Observer

invertebratist

Date

December 27, 2022 12:50 AM NZDT

Description

Attracted to lights at night.

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What

Swan Plant Flower Moth (Chabulina onychinalis)

Observer

invertebratist

Date

March 27, 2022 12:43 AM NZDT

Description

Attracted to light at night.

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Observer

invertebratist

Date

December 2, 2022 12:02 AM NZDT

Description

Resting on wooden wall at night.

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Observer

invertebratist

Date

December 28, 2022 11:58 PM NZDT

Description

Attracted to lights at night.

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What

Scar Bank Gem (Ctenoplusia limbirena)

Observer

invertebratist

Date

December 27, 2022 04:10 AM NZDT

Description

Attracted to lights at night.

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What

Australian Guava Moth (Coscinoptycha improbana)

Observer

invertebratist

Date

February 17, 2023 12:14 AM NZDT

Description

Attracted to lights at night.

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What

Australian Bag Moth (Cebysa leucotelus)

Observer

invertebratist

Date

April 5, 2022 06:22 PM NZST

Description

Found resting on table in house. Residential zone.

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Observer

invertebratist

Date

December 27, 2022 03:01 AM NZDT

Description

Attracted to lights at night.

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What

Puriri Moth (Aenetus virescens)

Observer

invertebratist

Date

February 17, 2023 01:34 AM NZDT

Description

Attracted to lights at night.

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Observer

aalbertrebergen

Date

January 2, 2022 10:23 PM NZDT

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Observer

aalbertrebergen

Date

September 4, 2021 02:30 PM NZST

Description

I have noted several flying during the day.

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Observer

aalbertrebergen

Date

November 29, 2022 09:57 PM NZDT

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What

Butterflies and Moths (Order Lepidoptera)

Observer

tonyjewell

Date

December 23, 2004 11:24 PM NZDT

Description

Photographed in situ on short alpine vegetation at night.

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Observer

aucklandmuseum

Date

February 19, 1922 11:19 AM NZMT

Description

Asaphodes ida
Holotype
Collected: 19 February 1922
Collected by: W. G. Howes
https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-research/collections/record/am_naturalsciences-object-181379

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What

Exquisite Carpet (Asaphodes adonis)

Observer

ecoman

Date

February 4, 2021 10:26 PM NZDT

Description

light trapping

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What

Large Kelleria Dandy (Notoreas niphocrena)

Observer

madelinepye

Date

March 2023

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Observer

jacobl

Date

January 3, 2023 05:34 PM NZDT

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What

Otago Ghost Moth (Aoraia rufivena)

Observer

possumsend

Date

October 28, 2021 07:56 PM NZDT

Description

A number of these vegetable caterpillars have been found by Alf Webb in Broad Bay - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/97616596
This observation is concerned with which moth is involved. I have previously observed Aoraia rufivena in the neighbourhood - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/73785349 and wonder if this might be the moth. These vegetable caterpillars are being found in regenerating forest around 100 years old. Canopy comprises of Putaputaweta, Red Mapou, Narrow Leaved Lacebark, Mahoe and Tarata. Sparse understory of assorted ferns and coprosma.

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Observer

possumsend

Date

March 17, 2023 10:58 AM NZDT

Description

Drawn to light. Bit of a long shot. The reniform seems too strong for I. moderata and it lacks the dark clouds along the forewing subterminal line to be I. virescens.

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What

Oblique-Waved Fern Looper (Ischalis variabilis)

Observer

kelvinperrie

Date

March 1, 2023 10:33 AM NZDT

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Observer

ryan_nz

Date

January 28, 2021 11:30 PM +13

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What

Southern Pimelea Owlet (Meterana meyricci)

Observer

possumsend

Date

February 28, 2023 09:42 AM NZDT

Description

At approx 1500m asl, with
@carey-knox-southern-scales. Drawn to light. Quite common, several appearing each night.

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Observer

possumsend

Date

February 28, 2023 09:42 AM NZDT

Description

At approx 1500m asl, with
@carey-knox-southern-scales. Drawn to light. This looks like Hydriomena hemizona but I notice that it has antenna pectinations, unlike any of the other records of H. hemizona. 3 or 4 of these came to light.

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What

Comma-Mark Cutworm (Proteuxoa comma)

Observer

possumsend

Date

February 28, 2023 09:42 AM NZDT

Description

At approx 1500m asl, with
@carey-knox-southern-scales. Drawn to light. Long wings , striping at subterminal line and lack of contrasting collar suggest comma rather than tetronycha.

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Observer

possumsend

Date

March 1, 2023 10:42 AM NZDT

Description

At approx 1500m asl, with
@carey-knox-southern-scales. Drawn to light. Several of these appeared each night. Robert Hoare suggests "A. sp. near aphelias".

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What

Heliotrope Moth (Utetheisa pulchelloides)

Observer

aalbertrebergen

Date

February 24, 2023 02:50 PM NZDT

Description

In the dunes
First time I have seen this genus in Dunedin district.

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What

Northern Armyworm (Mythimna separata)

Observer

possumsend

Date

February 18, 2023 03:29 PM NZDT

Description

Drawn to light. A first for here and currently the most Southerly observation of this species on iNat.

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What

Bristle Flies (Family Tachinidae)

Observer

possumsend

Date

February 17, 2023 11:21 PM NZDT

Description

Oteake Conservation Park. Scree/talus slope at about 1500m asl. Large congregations (leks?) of these flies found in certain areas of the slope. There appeared to be some correlation between these congregations and the prevalence of the as yet undescribed Alpine Rock Skink - see here https://inaturalist.nz/observations/19700426. @steve_kerr @carey-knox-southern-scales @samtheanimalman @tonyjewell

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What

Striped Orange Underwing (Paranotoreas ferox)

Observer

butterfly4

Date

February 3, 2023 10:54 AM NZDT

Description

Feeding on Epilobium flowers by vehicle track high on Mt Dobson skifield: 1730-1800m in stony areas with abundant bidibid

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What

Ponga Ugly Nestmaker (Ecclitica torogramma)

Date

February 10, 2023 11:04 PM NZDT

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Observer

possumsend

Date

February 2, 2023 09:06 AM NZDT

Description

I think. Pale and unfringed hindwing discounts I. moderata, yellow butt tuft discounts I. sistens. Drawn to light. A bit battered and very fidgetty.

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Observer

househopper_jr

Date

January 30, 2023 01:12 PM NZDT

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Observer

jacobl

Date

November 26, 2022 10:30 AM NZDT

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Observer

invertebratist

Date

December 21, 2022 12:20 AM NZDT

Description

Native mixed podocarp / broadleaf forest, on a leaf at night.

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Date

January 2, 2023 11:14 PM NZDT

Description

https://oldwww.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/image/0019/11674/pasiphila_malachita_f2.jpg

the strong pattern and the blue-green scales are what do it for me

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Observer

invertebratist

Date

December 20, 2022 12:47 AM NZDT

Description

Fieldwork with @ lloyd_esler, @ predomalpha and @ fiestykakapo.
Attracted to lights at night.

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Date

January 2, 2023 12:11 AM NZDT

Description

Overlays in an image editor look better for this than I. lithias which seemed like the other candidate.

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Date

December 30, 2022 07:26 PM NZDT

Description

non-comprehensive Ben Lomond summit bioblitz.

This is the aforementioned moth hunting fly @nhudson @carey-knox-southern-scales : https://inaturalist.nz/observations/145470965 - they were really going for the Tawhitia glaucophanes, but pictured here having pinned down something smaller

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Date

January 1, 2023 02:39 PM NZDT

Description

Apologies if ID wrong while trying to use phone on a hummock above Luxmore Hut. One more camera via phone observation.

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Observer

possumsend

Date

January 5, 2023 01:35 PM NZDT

Description

I finally got around to checking out the sole patch of Helichrysum lanceolatum at Possums' End. About 6 bushes perched precariously on the edge of a rock face, very exposed to the Northerly wind, about 12m long by 1m wide. I was very pleasantly surprised when several moths took to the air when I gave the shrubs a good rattle. 2 were photographed and uploaded as individual observations, before returning them to their homes. A nice start to 2023.

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Observer

possumsend

Date

January 5, 2023 01:35 PM NZDT

Description

I finally got around to checking out the sole patch of Helichrysum lanceolatum at Possums' End. About 6 bushes perched precariously on the edge of a rock face, very exposed to the Northerly wind, about 12m long by 1m wide. I was very pleasantly surprised when several moths took to the air when I gave the shrubs a good rattle. 2 were photographed and uploaded as individual observations, before returning them to their homes. A nice start to 2023.

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What

Blue-Grey Rock Snout (Tawhitia glaucophanes)

Date

December 30, 2022 07:54 PM NZDT

Description

Loads of these at the summit but a an effort to get close enough to them since they're very reactive to movement.

Additionally, some sort of fly was trying to snatch them when they landed. The fly was smaller than these, but I did get a shot of one grabbing and pinning down a Sod Webworm.

Some observations straight from camera via phone

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What

Green Garden Looper (Chrysodeixis eriosoma)

Observer

possumsend

Date

March 21, 2022 10:23 PM NZDT

Description

Drawn to light. A nice surprise this far south on a blustery night. A particularly striking moth if you get the flash and camera angle right.

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Observer

possumsend

Date

December 28, 2022 01:21 PM NZDT

Description

More festive break mothing. This time with @christopherstephens and @samtheanimalman. Very windy, 16 degrees. Drawn to light. First obs this season, finally turned up at 2am.

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Observer

possumsend

Date

December 26, 2022 06:02 PM NZDT

Description

Some festive mothing with @carey-knox-southern-scales. 14 degrees, very still and humid. From the top of Dicksons Hill. Drawn to light. A new moth for me.

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What

Banded Clover Casebearer (Coleophora mayrella)

Observer

possumsend

Date

December 26, 2022 06:02 PM NZDT

Description

Some festive mothing with @carey-knox-southern-scales. 14 degrees, very still and humid. From the top of Dicksons Hill. Drawn to light. Not 100% sure on ID, but probably another new moth for this locale.

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possumsend

Date

March 9, 2022 10:49 PM NZDT

Description

Drawn to light.

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Observer

dave_holland

Date

September 20, 2022 07:31 AM NZST

Description

coming to lights at night

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Observer

possumsend

Date

January 30, 2021 10:30 AM NZDT

Description

Drawn to light at about 1250m.

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What

Eastern Tiger Moth (Metacrias huttonii)

Observer

butterfly4

Date

December 4, 2010 03:20 PM NZDT

Description

1420m on Old Man range flying by day

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Observer

possumsend

Date

November 2, 2022 10:12 PM NZDT

Description

This is a moth caught by @carey-knox-southern-scales at a UV light trap. He has recorded it here https://inaturalist.nz/observations/140856391. These photographs of the moth are added here in case they may provide additional useful information.

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possumsend

Date

November 12, 2022 04:02 PM NZDT

Description

Day-flying, bush edge.

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What

Lycaena Butterflies (Genus Lycaena)

Observer

aalbertrebergen

Date

November 8, 2022 09:11 AM NZDT

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Observer

jtweed

Date

October 2020

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Day flying in degraded pastureland/native shrubland.

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Observer

paddy18

Date

November 5, 2022 11:52 AM NZDT