The Restless Flycatcher featured in a recent post about the Mia Mia. Proof of their versatility and wide habitat preferences is exemplified by this note about an encounter yesterday at Picnic Point on the shores of Cairn Curran. A pair was spotted feeding in a copse of deciduous trees, the insect-like buzz call announcing their presence. I watched on as one of the pair quietly searched for insects among the bare, pale branches of a small tree. Over the course of a few minutes a number of insects, including a moth, were plucked from the bark.


Restless Flycatcher, Picnic Point, 24th April 2015.




Capture was followed by some vigorous shaking before the body was consumed – then the wings were discarded.


A nice close up!

PS: Any ideas on the identity of the moth gratefully accepted!

The moth has been identified as a Red-Lined Geometrid Crypsiphona ocultaria – many thanks to Jenny Mortlock.

6 responses to “Gotcha!

  1. Extremely good shots, Geoff!

  2. Hi Geoff the moth is almost certainly Crypsiphona ocultaria (Red-lined geometrid sub family Geometrinae Family Geometridae) these are common and fly most times of the year including now. The underwing pattern but particularly the red-pinkish borders on the black markings on the underwings are what particularly give it away (these are only just discernible in the photos). regards Steve

    • Thanks Steve – there seems to be pretty much unanimous agreement on the ID … birds are so much more straightforward!
      Cheers, geoff

  3. I think the moth caught by the Restless Flycatcher is a Geometrid (Looper or Inchworm), possibly Crypsiphana ocultaria, which, according to Zborowski and Edwards’s ‘A Guide to Australian Moths’, is found throughout Australia (with the possible exception of central Australia), and the underside of which is ‘white, boldly marked in black and crimson’. The green larvae feed on leaves of eucalypts.

  4. HI Geoff, I asked our residnet entomologist and she said:
    I am fairly sure the moth is a red-lined geometrid moth (Crypsiphona ocultaria; Family Geometridae). I’m a bit weak on moths and I can’t see the upper wing pattern in the photo, but the under side is pretty distinctive and fits the description. If it is this beastie, then the upper side of the wings would have been a dull grey colour.

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