Saturday, 1 May 2010

Heliotrope Moth (at last)

.....Utetheisa pulchelloides

Yesterday I spotted what looked like a small white butterfly. When I tracked it down to where it had landed I was thrilled to see it was my first Helliotrope moth. For some reason it seemed like every one else was seeing these moths except me. I've waited for four years to see this little beauty of a moth. The common name comes from the fact that they are known to feed on (among other things) the weed Heliotrope - Heliotropium europaeum.

In the evening I put the moth trap out for a few hours and it brought in another two of the moths and a fourth was found in a nearby wattle. So, I guess on average I've now seen one a year since moving back to Australia :-)

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Heliotrope Moth - Utetheisa pulchelloides


Heliotrope Moth - Utetheisa pulchelloides




2 comments:

  1. A couple of seasons ago they were in the bush here in thousands, Mosura, have only seen the odd one this season.

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  2. Thanks Duncan - We had a few more the following night. They must flown past your area to get here :-)

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