Female moths have emerged for spring

These great photos of a female Ochrogaster lunifer (Bag-shelter moth) of the ground-nesting form have been sent in by Abigail D. The shots were taken on 25th October at Mudgeeraba QLD. Note the white scales on the rear of the moth’s abdomen. As she is laying her eggs at the base of a wattle tree, the female covers the eggs with these scales to protect them. The scales can cause itching and a rash.