A first-ever record for the Far South Coast!
A large, dark-winged moth discovered in Tathra* yesterday is the first time this species has been documented in our region.
The species, Abantiades atripalpis (sometimes called a 'Bardee Grub' moth), is widespread in coastal and inland areas of southern Australia - but this appears to be the first record from the Far South Coast of NSW.
This species, previously in the genus Trictena, is famous for emerging en masse just before rain. And perhaps the current weather system was the trigger for this one too!
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* This sighting was originally recorded as Eden, but has now been corrected to Tathra. Still a first for our area!