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Australian Grapevine Moth

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A slightly battered Phalaenoides glycinae. At least, I think it is - the rest of the moth matches, but those white spots along the rear edge of the wing are different...

Anyway, if it is, it's a Noctuid, 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 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.

The 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.
Image size
2048x1536px 1.42 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
SAMSUNG
Model
GT-S5830
Shutter Speed
1/501 second
Aperture
F/2.6
Focal Length
3 mm
ISO Speed
50
Date Taken
Apr 22, 2013, 12:29:06 AM
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