CNC2022 – UV Light (3 Nights)

During the City Nature Challenge 2022 I ran the UV light and moth sheet over 3 full nights taking a total of 208 observations covering 71 species.

Light: 50W UV CFL 71460

Direction: Sheet facing South-East

Runtime: 3 full nights (29th/30th April & 1st May).

Observations: 208

Species: 71


Many observations are yet to receive IDs as identifiers are busy during and after the City Nature Challenge. A few interesting records so far:

A reasonably clear shot of a Gall/Forest Midge (Family Cecidomyiidae). Most records of these on iNaturalist are records of their effect on Plants, rather than the adults themselves. In part because they are easier to ID, but also the adults are only a couple of millimetres long. I’ve not found any evidence of galls on the property. This is my 2nd record of this Family.



Stenophyella macreta, a Seed Bug in the Family Pachygronthidae. My first record from this Family. Nymphs and adults of the Subfamily Pachygronthinae typically resemble the the shape and colour of the seeds they feed on.(1) This may be true of the Subfamily Teracriinae, which includes Stenophyella macreta. These feed on the seeds of a range of Grasses (Poaceae).(2) The property currently has Themeda triandra, Microlaena stipoides var. stipoides & Poa labillardieri. It could do with a few more patches of local Grass species.



A Typical Longhorn Beetle (Subfamily Cerambycinae) whose elytra pattern doesn’t match any I’ve seen on the property before. Closest match from the Australian Cerambycidae website is perhaps Atesta dorsalis. This would be the 3rd Atesta sp. on the property. I currently have 12 Cerambycinae species recorded on the property. This is yet another species that’s not currently counting toward the total for the property, at least until it receives a refined ID.



The first record of a Palpita Moth (Genus Palpita) on the property.



My first record of a Padded Diving Beetle (Eretes australis), and only my second from the Predaceous Diving Beetles Family (Dytiscidae). These are strong fliers and attracted to lights. I should have collected it and dropped it in the pond.



A well fed Striped Mosquito (Aedes notoscriptus). Given it was on the sheet I’d been standing at for 30min, odds are the blood was mine.



The first iNat record in SA of the Genus Hyperxena.



A Macadamia Flower Caterpillar (Homoeosoma vagella), the larva of which feed specifically on the flowers of Macadamia ternifolia, a tree native to Queensland. I couldn’t find any info to indicate the larva feed on any other species, so it suggests someone in the local area has planted a Macadamia ternifolia.



The 2nd record on iNaturalist in SA of a Redlegged Ham Beetle (Necrobia rufipes). Given this species is a well known pest of meat products, it’s not surprising there is ample information about this species online.



A Plant Bug (Family Miridae), potentially Coridromius chenopoderis. This is a good example the effect of planting particular species on the property. The host Plants of this species are Chenopods (Family Chenopodiaceae). There happens to be a well established Seaberry Saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana) less than 10 metres from where the UV light is set up. Coridromius chenopoderis have been collected from this Plant several times. I’ve no doubt this species wouldn’t have a home on the property if this cultivated Plant wasn’t present.



Potentially the first record on iNaturalist of the Ground Beetle Sarothrocrepis nitens. This is definitely one I’ll be looking to collect for closer inspection if I spot it again. The Subfamily Lebiinae has some species with quite interesting patterns. I’ve recorded at least 4 of these on the property.



(1) SCHUH, R. T., & SLATER, J. A. (1995). True bugs of the world (Hemiptera: Heteroptera): classification and natural history. Ithaca, Comstock Pub. Associates.

(2) MALIPATIL, M. B., GAO, C. Q., & EOW, L. X. (2020). Australian Lygaeoidea (Heteroptera) of Economic Importance: Identification of Families, Tribes and Representative Genera. The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, The State of Victoria.

UV Light (16th Apr, 2022)

Another warm still night, perhaps one of the last before the cooler weather sets it.

Light: 50W UV CFL 71460

Direction: Sheet facing South-East

Runtime: 8:30pm – 11:10pm (2 hours 40 minutes).

Observations: 32

Species: 24


Interesting Records:

  • My 6th time recording an Australian Variable Lacewing (Drepanacra binocula). This particular one was a significantly lighter colour than the others. The adults and larvae feed on aphids, psyllids and whiteflies. As such to accommodate these in the yard, I should aim to have many herbaceous Plants as suitable food supply for its prey.
  • My 2nd record of a Rough Bollworm (Earias huegeliana), the last from Feb 2021. Its typical native food Plants are not local, so its presence here is likely the result of it also being a pest species on commercial Cotton.
  • A Mantidfly, potentially Austromantispa imbecilla. While I’ve seen a Campion sp. here previously, this one is quite different. The larvae of Austromantispa sp. attach themselves to female spiders, enter the egg sac as it is produced and mature inside.


Click here to see all iNaturalist records for the evening


Species PageIconBinomialCommon NameObservations
53505MiridaePlant Bugs2
33449Christinus marmoratusSouthern Marbled Gecko1
53237CicadellidaeTypical Leafhoppers1
124417ApocritaNarrow-waisted Wasps, Ants, and Bees1
124788Endotricha1
125231Utetheisa pulchelloidesHeliotrope Moth1
126824Orthodera ministralisAustralian Garden Mantis1
134123Sphenarches anisodactylusFire-flag Plume Moth1
211192Micromus tasmaniaeTasmanian Brown Lacewing1
225223Monopis crocicapitellaBird Nest Moth1
341427Agrotis mundaBrown Cutworm1
342319Heteromicta1
355063Uraba lugensGum Leaf Skeletonizer1
355155Hoplostega ochroma1
388754Drepanacra binoculaAustralian Variable Lacewing1
417820Anestia ombrophanesClouded Footman1
489263Scopula optivataVaried Wave Moth1
490173Earias huegelianaRough Bollworm1
491168Proteuxoa tortisignaStreaked Rictonis1
492224Orthaga1
494596Monopis meliorellaBlotched Monopis Moth1
559021Austromantispa imbecilla1
911279Chrysolarentia gypsomelaGypsum Carpet Moth1
1362710Ardices glatignyiblack-and-white tiger moth1

UV Light (19th Mar, 2022)

An almost ideal warm and still night resulting in a large number of species visiting the sheet, seven of which are new records on the property.

Light: 50W UV CFL 71460

Direction: Sheet facing South-East

Runtime: 8:30pm – 10:30pm (2 hours).

Observations: 59

Species: 47



Interesting Records:







Click here to see all iNaturalist records for the evening


Species PageIconBinomialCommon NameObservations
494596Monopis meliorellaBlotched Monopis Moth2
48200MelolonthinaeJune Beetles1
49567CarabidaeGround Beetles1
52073FulgoroideaPlanthoppers1
63187BraconidaeBraconid Wasps1
71220GryllotalpidaeMole Crickets1
82103ErotylidaePleasing Fungus Beetles1
85586AnthicidaeAnt-like Flower Beetles1
85862LeptoceridaeLong-horned Caddisflies1
124226EctropisEngrailed Moths1
125231Utetheisa pulchelloidesHeliotrope Moth1
129150HypsopygiaHayworms1
155185AlticiniFlea Beetles1
172901SilvanidaeSilvanid Flat Bark Beetles1
178687Typhaea1
198870Poecilometis1
210509Harmonia conformisLarge Spotted Ladybird1
211192Micromus tasmaniaeTasmanian Brown Lacewing1
212151ColydiinaeCylindrical Bark Beetles1
233683Xanthogaleruca luteolaElm Leaf Beetle1
244268Macrobathra1
244280Spectrotrota fimbrialis1
244284Nacoleia rhoeoalis1
244344Scopula rubrariaPlantain moth1
244347Lepidoscia1
341599Proteuxoa1
341941Idaea inversata1
342292XyloryctidaeTimber Moths1
342329Idaea philocosmaFlecked Wave Moth1
355063Uraba lugensGum Leaf Skeletonizer1
355077Tachystola hemisema1
355111Pseudanapaea1
355155Hoplostega ochroma1
355294Holocola1
373888Medonina1
376253Ectopatria1
378410Tinginotum1
425106Syringoseca rhodoxantha1
425199Scoparia exhibitalis1
471541Faveria1
474722Leucophoropterini1
485512Ecnolagria1
527847Earias paralellaThree-barred Earis1
828976Isopedella leaiCinnamon Huntsman1
891985Mallada tripunctatus1
892310Clarana clarana1
1098124Phauloplana illuta1

UV Light (12th Mar, 2022)

Light: 50W UV CFL 71460

Direction: Sheet facing South-East

Runtime: 8pm – 10:30pm (2.5 hours).

Observations: 41

Species: 24

Interesting Records:

Having the sheet mounted to a shed wall means easy access to a feast for flightless predators. This Isopedella leai (Cinnamon Huntsman) made its way onto the sheet and partook in a Crane Fly meal. A young Christinus marmoratus (Southern Marbled Gecko) took advantage of any Insects dropping to the ground, but the adults which frequently visit were absent.

A couple of Conocephalus sp. (Lesser Meadow Katydids) turned up and climbed to the top of the sheet. A new species on the property. More commonly I find Elephantodeta sp.

A new Tineidae sp. (Fungus/Clothes Moths). Within this Family I frequently sight Monopis meliorella (Blotched Monopis Moth), and Monopis crocicapitella (Bird Nest Moth).



Species PageIconBinomialCommon NameObservations
173333Blastobasis2
341599Proteuxoa2
355294Holocola2
33449Christinus marmoratusSouthern Marbled Gecko1
47404PterophoridaePlume Moths1
48736CurculionidaeTrue Weevils1
53248ElateridaeClick Beetles1
53275ChironomidaeNon-biting Midges1
61267HeteropteraTrue Bugs1
62163HydropsychidaeNet-spinning Caddisflies1
118890ConocephalusLesser Meadow Katydids1
208095Stathmopoda auriferella1
210509Harmonia conformisLarge Spotted Ladybird1
211192Micromus tasmaniaeTasmanian Brown Lacewing1
225223Monopis crocicapitellaBird Nest Moth1
233683Xanthogaleruca luteolaElm Leaf Beetle1
244282Endotricha pyrosalis1
244284Nacoleia rhoeoalis1
342329Idaea philocosmaFlecked Wave Moth1
488616Dryophilodes1
494596Monopis meliorellaBlotched Monopis Moth1
542831Hypsopygia albidalis1
828976Isopedella leaiCinnamon Huntsman1
891985Mallada tripunctatus1

UV Light (5th Mar, 2022)

A cool, overcast, and a little windy evening wasn’t ideal for the moth sheet, but anecdotally these nights seem to bring in a different range of species.

Light: 50W UV CFL 71460

Direction: Sheet facing South-East

Runtime: 8pm – 9:30pm (1.5 hours). Stopped due to rain.

Observations: 19

Species: 15

Interesting Records:

A Pond Moth (Hygraula nitens). I’ve only sighted once before in April last year. 1,000 observations of these on iNat across AU and NZ, but no records of the aquatic larva. The larva are covered in ‘gills structures’ rather than hairs. Might be worth skimming my small pond to see what turns up.

A Leaf Blotch Miner Moth in the Genus Dialectica. The first Leaf Blotch Miner from my property. It could be a native species but is likely the intentionally introduced Echium Leaf Miner (Dialectica scalariella).

A Bark-louse I’ve not seen before. As yet unidentified. I’ll need to do some research to narrow this one down if possible.



Species PageIconBinomialCommon NameObservations
53505MiridaePlant Bugs1
55699CecidomyiidaeGall and Forest Midges1
83187PsocodeaBarklice, Booklice, and Parasitic Lice1
124116Stathmopoda1
172693Achyra1
225223Monopis crocicapitellaBird Nest Moth1
244280Spectrotrota fimbrialis1
244284Nacoleia rhoeoalis1
244570Hednota1
247563Dialectica1
341427Agrotis mundaBrown Cutworm1
341877Hygraula nitensPond moth1
355031Mallada1
355155Hoplostega ochroma1
494596Monopis meliorellaBlotched Monopis Moth1

UV Light (25th Feb, 2022)

A cool Summer evening with a slight breeze made for reasonable conditions to setup the the UV lamp and sheet.

Light: 50W UV CFL 71460

Direction: Sheet facing South-East

Runtime: 8pm – 11:30pm (3.5 hours)

Observations: 26

Species: 21

Interesting Record: First Hednota longipalpella (Pasture Webworm) of the year. Previous records were all in March and April, so this is an early sighting



Species PageIconBinomialCommon NameObservations
48200MelolonthinaeJune Beetles1
52073FulgoroideaPlanthoppers1
52425ChrysopidaeGreen Lacewings1
53505MiridaePlant Bugs1
124116Stathmopoda1
211192Micromus tasmaniaeTasmanian Brown Lacewing1
244280Spectrotrota fimbrialis1
244282Endotricha pyrosalis1
244284Nacoleia rhoeoalis1
244344Scopula rubrariaPlantain moth1
319399Chironominae1
330517Crocidosema plebejanaCotton Tipworm Moth1
341599Proteuxoa1
342329Idaea philocosmaFlecked Wave Moth1
355077Tachystola hemisema1
373391Cheloninae1
384827Achyra affinitalisCotton Web Spinner1
471450Hednota longipalpellaPasture Webworm1
471460Monopis icterogastraWool Moth1
471504Persectania ewingiiSouthern Armyworm1
602535Sigilliclystis insigillataInsigillated Pug1