Night of the Moths

Nerd alert! In my latest video I get rather excited about the arrival of the ‘rain moths’ (Trictena atripalpis). The first rains of autumn usually brings them out and this year it was spectacular!

These moths are quite harmless, but may vary in size from relatively modest to rather huge (depending on how much food they consumed while larvae). Just listen to the sound a large one makes as it crashes into my microphone!

I hope you enjoy the video – as usual it’s short and sweet! Let me know what you think.

If you want to learn more about these moths, you can read one of my earlier posts by clicking here.

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4 Replies to “Night of the Moths”

  1. Great! As always! Someone here in Pomonal saw the wallabies eating them that night. Is that common or are the wallabies just starving after the long dry?

    • Thanks Anthea! I have never seen wallabies eating the moths, but all that free food must be tempting to our hopping friends!

  2. Love the link with the extra information Denis. Is that true of all moths that they cannot eat as they don’t have mouth parts?

    • Hi Calvin. Thanks for your comments. Only some moths are without mouth parts. The family Hepialidae, which includes the ‘rain moths’, falls into this category. To quote Moths of Australia by I.F.B. Common “the proboscis is usually vestigial or absent”.

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