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  • emim 117 on 7 December 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , opodiphthera eucalypti, saturniidae   

    old emperor gum 

    friend brought me this (from her work at a children’s afterschool care) to marvel at. it’s a little tatty and the antennae broke off on their way to our home but it just adds to the character. it’s a well used and loved moth. i then went to the library and took out a book on common butterflies and moths of new zealand and you will see that it’s in there. it is the gum emperor moth which is native to australia but is fairly widespread in new zealand apparently. it may not be too easy to read considering my great photography skills and photography technology but it says the emperor gum moth is antheraea eucalypti of the saturniidae family. this book was written in 1966 to supplement a previous exhaustive lepidoptera of new zealand book printed in the 1920s which gives a fair indication of the slow movement of research and knowledge of these creatures. anyway, so the emperor gum moth is now classified under the genus opodiphthera and not antheraea in case you may think that kind of interesting.

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  • emim 329 on 6 December 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    unknown death’s head hawk moth 

    found this trolling the blogs but not sure who it’s by or what it’s called but nevermind. there is a bit of a fascination with the death’s head hawk moth at the moment because it is such a peculiar moth not just in the real world as such but also within the cultural/fictional/artistic kind of realm if you’ll excuse my lack of specificity. this specific moth is complex but will let you decide for yourself over time. in terms of this work the death’s head hawk moth is centred so that we may focus upon it. it is also one moth among many as we get to see parts of other moths presumably as part of something like a catalogue. the featured is perhaps number 14 or number 16. to me it seems open as to whether we have paused to admire this bizarre moth or if we have paused at this one moth as we would all the moths which is where the half the fun lies.

     
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