Aussie grapevine moth: Phalaenoides glycinae

Comocrus behri: The Mistletoe Moth

Photographed today on our grape vine, using my Nokia Lumia 530, 5mp windows camera, on auto, cropped. Click on any of the images and you will be taken to the gallery.

UPDATED next day: I’m wrong.  This is the Australian grapevine moth (Phalaenoides glycinae) …  I got sidetracked by the drawing!   (I haven’t even got mistletoe)

UPDATED: Here is what Wikipedia says about the right one:

The Australian grapevine moth (Phalaenoides glycinae) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is endemic to the south-eastern half of Australia, but is an invasive species in many parts of the world, including Canada and South Africa. The wingspan is about 50 mm. The larvae mainly feed on Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Hibbertia obtusifolia, Amyema gaudichaudii, Epilobium ciliatum, Fuchsia and Oenothera species, but mainly Vitis vinifera, hence it is considered a pest.

800px-Indian_MynaThe Indian myna (Acridotheres tristis) was introduced into Australia in 1862 to deal with a number of insect pests including the grapevine moth. In this it was unsuccessful, and ironically the bird is now itself considered a pest in many parts of Australia.

I’ll leave this here, even though it is not the same moth. It is a terrific drawing and looks much the same.

This moth does not have the same furry legs and underbelly.
This moth does not have the same furry orange legs and underbelly.

Wikipedia says:

Comocrus behri (Angas, 1847) aka ‘Mistletoe Moth’, is widely distributed in southern Australia from Perth to Melbourne and adjacent to Bass Strait, occurring as far north as Derby, Western Australia, and Clermont and Rockhampton in Queensland. It may be seen during daylight hours hovering around mistletoe species such as Amyema miquelii, Amyema melaleucae and Amyema cambadgei growing on Casuarina and Eucalyptus trees. The adult moths feed on Eucalypus flower nectar,have a wingspan of some 58 millimetres and are basically black with white bands running through the wings. Males exhibit ‘hill-topping’ behaviour, flying to high points in the landscape and there encountering females ready for mating.
IMAGE: By Arthur Bartholomew (1834 – 1909) (English) (Artist, Details of artist on Google Art Project) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Advertisements

34 Comments Add yours

  1. bkpyett says:

    Delightful Christine. We’re surrounded by so many cabbage moths all laying their eggs.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ChristineR says:

      This one turns out to be a grapeveine moth, Barbara. Silly me!

      Like

      1. bkpyett says:

        No, You did say, I meant we have the little white ones! They are such a problem.
        I didn’t know the black and white one was a grapevine moth! Shall keep an eye out to see if we have any. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        1. ChristineR says:

          We don’t get many cabbage moths around here, but these black-and-white (or yellowish close up) ones turn up every year.

          Like

  2. yprior1 says:

    great capture and I like the circle images in the post – and do couples have to “kiss” if they see one of these – or stand near one?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ChristineR says:

      Thanks Yvette. The circles are part of the gallery options, I’ve set them on random display. And no kissing I’m afraid, turns out to be a grapevine moth!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. yprior1 says:

        haha – no kissing then – and really love the details you can see int he wings 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        1. ChristineR says:

          That was an accidental photo, missed half of the moth, but turned out useful after all. 😀

          Liked by 1 person

          1. yprior1 says:

            🙂 love it when that happens – have a great week ❤ ❤

            Liked by 1 person

  3. A most attractive fellow and industrious as well. Astonishing close-ups. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ChristineR says:

      This one is a female, I think, Tess, since she is so brightly coloured on her furry legs. I had to chase her all over the yard, she didn’t stay still long.

      Like

      1. Nice to learn new things–about bees yet. Thanks. I’m always open.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. milliethom says:

    Your gallery is excellent, Christine. The Mistletoe Moth made a very photogenic model – and your photographic skills captured it beautifully, Interesting information, too. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ChristineR says:

      Hmmm, MIllie, My photo taking is okay, but my identification skills are terrible. I jumped the gun and declared it the wrong moth. 😀

      Like

      1. milliethom says:

        Oh dear. What was it then – or is that in your next post? I’ll wait till I go onto my Reader. It was a lovely moth, whatever it was! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        1. ChristineR says:

          It is gorgeous, Millie, and a pity I couldn’t get a photo of its underside, all furry orange with black stripes. I’ve fixed up the original post to show its proper name – a Australian grapevine moth.

          Like

  5. Very nice. CJR ! – but the grapevine …!
    http://biodynamics.net.au/resources/biodynamics-viticulture/

    There now. Nothing like having a busybody lecturing you, eh ? [grin]

    Liked by 2 people

    1. ChristineR says:

      I just fished your comment out of ‘pending’ and was sure you were going to tell me I had the wrong bloody moth! Phew, I fixed it myself already. The grapevine was the hint – wouldn’t you know it – it’s a grapevine moth.

      Yeah, I’m aware of the mildew, but they are shithouse grapes, M-R. Seeds – hundreds of them! I have to eat them outside so I can spit them out. The mildew came after we had that inch and a half of rain in two days, several weeks back. And last year the grapes vanished practically overnight when a flock of birds invaded.
      🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. It’s impossible trying to grow things to eat, eh, CJR ? – so many things against us …

        Liked by 1 person

        1. ChristineR says:

          Not my grape of choice – it was here when we arrived in 1990. Things against us … the price of water for one!

          Liked by 1 person

          1. Yup – and that one’ll only get worse …

            Liked by 1 person

        2. ChristineR says:

          Having said that about the grapes, I find that some of them are ripe enough to eat now. So I’ve been nibbling and then spitting. I keep checking for the caterpillar of this moth among the leaves, but can’t find any. I remember seeing one years and years ago and was amazed at its colour. Looks much the same as in the sketch. 😀

          Liked by 1 person

  6. Elizabeth says:

    It’s very pretty!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ChristineR says:

      It is, Elizabeth. 🙂

      Like

  7. Sue says:

    What beautiful markings on the Wiki pictured months. Don’t recall having seen any though, usually just the standard cabbage month.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ChristineR says:

      Hi Sue, I was wrong – it’s the grapevine moth. Mine has furry orange legs. I realised after I went to bed that if the drawn one had them, it would be shown.

      Like

  8. Sue says:

    In S.A. we have what is called the Noisy Myna, I can tell you the Indian Myna of the eastern
    states outdoes it hands down. Wish they would make their mind up what creatures are pests, Sparrows were big on the list at one stage as were pigeons. When will man learn to leave Mother Nature alone. She didn’t do such a bad job over the hundreds of thousands if not millions of years that this world has been inhabited by animals.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ChristineR says:

      You’re so right, Sue!

      Like

  9. eLPy says:

    What a great looking moth, I love the furriness of it. Interesting how they tried that with the Myna. It seems there have been many attempts in the past to use another species to take out one that is invasive and yet the new one becomes invasive as well! I’ve heard people argue introducing non-native Orchids to Florida SO it would hybridize with the currently endangered one and hopefully strengthen it. I think people miss that messing with nature is never something we should take lightly. 😉

    Nice post.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ChristineR says:

      Yeah, messing with nature usually creates problems they hadn’t thought about it. The moth, it actually looks more like a butterfly when flying – very pretty. I see them every year and had no idea they had orange furry bits until I took the photos! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. eLPy says:

        That does sound beautiful! Yeah for orange furry bits. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Julia Manuel says:

    Is the drawing yours? It’s beautyfull ☺

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ChristineR says:

      Ha! I wish. No, it’s from Wikipedia. My image credits have run up against the previous text. I better bold it. Drawn/painted by an early naturalist in Australia.

      Liked by 1 person

Tell me what you're thinking.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s