Leonie Kirchmajer

Unido: 27.jun.2019 Última actividad: 04.dic.2021 iNaturalist Australia

Amateur entomologist with a particular interest in Australian Psychidae (case moths). I started collecting and rearing Psychidae I've found in the Greater Melbourne Region in early 2018 with the aim of learning and understanding more about these quirky creatures. Each week I measure the case length and weight and make notes of any key observations such as moulting/new instar, pupating, parasitisation, etc.. I also take photos so that I can develop a visual record of them as they grow.

Project: Psychidae (Case Moths) of Australia https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/psychidae-case-moths-of-australia
Blog: https://casemothcapers.wordpress.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQeieiWS9Gn2UMguoLj-p-Q/videos

The species I've collected so far are:

  • Metura elongatus
  • Hyalarcta nigrescens
  • Clania ignobilis
  • Clania lewinii

The parasitoid species I've encountered so far are:

  • Echthromorpha intricatoria (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), parasitoid of Metura elongatus
  • Sericopimpla australis (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), parasitoid of Hyalarcta nigrescens
  • Sathon moratus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), parasitoid of Hyalarcta nigrescens
  • Chlorogastropsis orga (Diptera: Tachinidae), parasitoid of Metura elongatus
  • Tritaxys sp. (Diptera: Tachinidae), parasitoid of Hyalarcta nigrescens

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