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Bardi Grub Moth
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Posted By: Bruce Clark, 05-18-2013, 05:59 PM

A large moth believed to be that of the Bardi Grub found in Southern Australia, particularly along the Murray River.

There are several similar types of grub known as Bardi, Badee or Witchetty Some more authoritative description can be found on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardi_grub. The term Witchetty Grub is also sometimes used to describe a grub which lives in the trunk of Eucalyptus trees. The grubs are edible, so I am told, but they do make excellent bait for fishing, being a particular favourite food of the Murray Cod.

They are very large moths which can be judges by the image next to a 52 mm Pentax lens cap. They come out only at night and have very short lifespan. The grubs however live for years in underground burrows.

Most of the images were shot at night using flash the one with the lens cap was the next morning.This particular moth was in very poor shape having been attacked probably by birds and was the only one I could find of the hundreds that were out in the evening.









Moths can have a wingspan of up to 160 mm


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That's so close, it is almost scary Bruce, those guys are huge
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Good detail on the grub, now, what species is that finger?
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That's one big moth.

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Wow... I really found your information fascinating and the photos very effective.
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Now that's a big bug.

I reckon you had it pinned down with that lens cap to keep it still.

Great shots.
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Interesting animal. Big enough that they would keep me indoors until their season was over. Love the name Witchetty too. Sound like something from "Lemony Snickett." TFS these.
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Now that's a big bug.

I reckon you had it pinned down with that lens cap to keep it still.
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Not a bad idea but recommend a manhole cover.

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Interesting animal. Big enough that they would keep me indoors until their season was over. Love the name Witchetty too. Sound like something from "Lemony Snickett." TFS these.
I understand the name is a generic one for many similar grubs and means "hooked stick" Apparently the indigenous Australians used such an implement to extract them from their burrows.
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Wow... I really found your information fascinating and the photos very effective.
Thank you, it is a pleasure to be able to show some of our more unusual animal life.
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Good detail on the grub, now, what species is that finger?
It belongs to a slightly moth-eaten pentaxian
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That's one big moth.
I think they have bigger ones in Texas (Just kidding). As a young fellow, it was one of my jobs to escort them outside whenever they got into the house. My sisters tell me my Mother was absolutely terrified of them. I don't remember that but always thought she was worried about the damage they could do to the fragile mantles we had in the gas lights. They were expensive and hard to get in our small town.
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