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Oxycanus sp.

Morton National Park

Oxycanus sp. at Morton National Park - 21 May 2019
Oxycanus sp. at Morton National Park - 21 May 2019
Oxycanus sp. at Morton National Park - 21 May 2019
Oxycanus sp. at Morton National Park - 21 May 2019
Oxycanus sp. at Morton National Park - 21 May 2019
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Identification history

Oxycanus rufescens 29 Jun 2019 ibaird
Oxycanus sp. 26 Jun 2019 JulieMorgan
Unidentified 24 Jun 2019 RobParnell

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Author's notes

I've added a photo with more detail on the antennae I've now added a further photo of the moth taken the previous night. It's a poor photo but it shows a very red underwing area (perhaps suggesting Oxycanus rufescens)

5 comments

   25 Jun 2019
Maybe Mythimna convecta?
RobParnell wrote:
   25 Jun 2019
I've added two more photos
   26 Jun 2019
This moth is one of the Oxycanus species which are generally difficult to separate using wing pattern alone. Examination of the structure of the antenna and genetalia required for positive identification.
RobParnell wrote:
   27 Jun 2019
I've added a photo with more detail of the antenna
ibaird wrote:
   29 Jun 2019
Looking at the MoV guide to identification the antennae suggest O. australis or O. rufescens. The probable habitat (dry sclerophyll forest), smaller size and colouration would suggest to me O. rufescens is likely.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 21 May 2019 08:49 PM Recorded on
  • RobParnell Recorded by
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