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Moth: Red-lined Geometrid

I identified the moth. It is a Crypsiphona occultaria – one of the most common moths in Australia, according to Wikipedia. Also called a red-lined looper moth.

I found great photos on a buttefly house website and you can read about it and look at pictures of the thin green larvae here. The grubs eat eucalyptus leaves and are tapered on one end and forked the other!

The image below is from Wikipedia...


undersides, showing red lines

(By Donald Hobern from Canberra, Australia – Crypsiphona ocultaria, CC BY 2.0, Link)

And this is my photo…


my photo through the window pane

There is no doubt, at all. It is the same moth.


on the dried mint blossom


Thanks for looking!   🙂



on a window pane



you can see right through it



the underside



I popped it outside on an old mint blossom



hard to believe it is the same moth


Taken with the Nikon D3000, yesterday. Thanks for looking.

Do have a great weekend!   🙂

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Moth: unidentified






Thanks for looking. All photos taken today with the Nikon D3000.

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Common grass blue

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Australian Grapevine Moth larvae – I’ve been watching out for these cuties on my grapevine. I have to be quick as I think the birds like them, too.  We are expecting a warm week, so maybe my grapes will ripen after all. The blackbirds are checking them daily, and the sparrows.

Wikipedia says…

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.


Photos taken with the Nikon D3000.


Okay, a weird camera angle there!    It is upside down – we’re looking at his chin and the first two sets of legs.

Thanks for looking.  I trust that you’re having a fine weekend.   🙂






All four images taken this morning with the Nikon D3000, on the guided mode to soften backgrounds. I have to change back the focus point setting, methinks. I have hellish trouble getting it to focus where I want.

Thanks for looking. Do have a great weekend!  🙂

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I love it when I learn something new.

All my life -I’m nearly 62 now – I’ve been calling this common white butterfly a cabbage moth. I took these pictures the other day and I thought I should find out if it really was a moth. As I suspected, it’s not.


Wikipedia says…

Pieris rapae, the small white, is a small- to medium-sized butterfly species of the whites-and-yellows family Pieridae. It is also known as the small cabbage white and in New Zealand, simply as white butterfly….

It is widespread and populations are found across Europe, North Africa, Asia, South America, and Great Britain. It has also been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand.


My dad was a great one for growing vegetables. I can recall one weekend, when these mo… er… cabbage whites were really troublesome, he employed a few of us kids in their destruction. Armed with tennis rackets, we got lots of exercise. Feels so very wicked, now.

I can’t believe it’s nearly the weekend again already! I have worked really hard on my revision this week and am still loving Taniel. That must be a good sign.

I had my quarterly checkup this morning. The nurse started me on a new Annual Plan which means I get 3 free physio sessions and 2 podiatry visits during 2017. Last year, physio did wonders for my sore hips and included acupuncture. I ended up paying for two extra visits as I did need more treatment. I can’t imagine having that sort of pain for any length of time. It was horrible.

Unfortunately, I’ve ignored exercise and diet since my last checkup and am now the weight I was several years ago. But, I’m starting again with the usual resolutions. Before signing off on the nurse’s report the doctor checked a couple of spots on my face. Since they have irregular edges, she is going to chop one out next Thursday and have it checked. I’ve been slack with the sunscreen – despite knowing the dangers or UV. I reckon it’s just a sunspot though.

Thanks for reading and do have a great weekend.  🙂



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Small White:Pieris rapae