Insect antennae II.

Adult insects rely on their antennae to detect odours (smells!) which tell them all about what’s happening in their neighbourhood. Whether there is anything to eat nearby; whether there are any members of the opposite sex looking for a partner; who else is about, and so on. They wave their wonderful wands around and pick…

EU migrants: Influx of Silver Y moths

The Silver Y moth, Autographa gamma (Linnaeus) is an immigrant to the UK, coming here to feed, breed and fly away again each year. It rarely stays over winter; it’s just too cold here for its liking! In reality, we (the United Kingdom) are just a stopping off place on a seasonal journey which takes…

A clearwing tiger moth

Clearwing tiger moths, also called Wasp moths (Syntomini, Arctiinae, Erebidae), are somewhat similar in appearance to clear-wing moths in the family Sesiidae, but many do not have transparent wings. Those that do have transparent wings, like the one shown here (above and below) which I photographed in northern Thailand, are presumably, wasp mimics. Here is another…

A fruit loving moth

This wonderful looking moth is in fact a bit of a pest, on account of the fact that it likes to make holes in fruits and suck out the juices! Hence it has acquired the name Cocalus Fruit Piercing Moth, which sounds very grand for such a little insect. This is the female shown here (above);…

A medley of moths II: Tinolius species

Tinolius is a genus of five striking moths in the family Erebidae (Noctuoidea), sometimes called Owlet moths. The forewings are buff coloured with different numbers of white spots; the abdomen is pale red or yellow with lateral black bars on each segment. The male antennae are strongly bipectinate – meaning that they have two margins – toothed like a comb…

A medley of moths I. Aganainae

Asota plana Walker, 1854. A moth in the family Erebidae (subfamily Aganainae) in the superfamily Noctuoidea, which is found between 1,000 to 1,900m. I took this photograph at Doi Ang Khang, in northern Thailand, well below the peak at 1,928 metres. The subspecies Asota plana plana is found in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand…