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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.

  • emim 955 on 29 November 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cabbage tree, epiphryne verriculata,   

    cabbage tree moth 

    haven’t done much identifying lately but here we go again. thanks to my flat mate who’s kept her eye on this one. i thought it was a leaf this whole time but it’s meant to be pretty good at camouflage so i don’t feel too bad about being inattentive. this is epiphryne verriculata of the geometrids otherwise known as the cabbage tree moth and is another native. not even two metres from this moth photographed above are several cabbage trees scientifically known as cordyline australis. the stripes on its wings match up with the lines in the dead leaves and its bubbas feed on the young leaves.

  • emim 1202 on 23 October 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: brown evening moth, gellonia dejectaria, , mahoe   

    another brown evening 

    ending the day post tentative socialising and chores and less university work with this moth. that is ending it pleasantly. this is the largest moth i have seen at this home and apparently when people talk about insects and their size they always exaggerate and claim they are larger than they really are. sounds familiar right but it makes sense that if you focus on something that it should seem bigger (the same happens with sound). being reasonable the wingspan of this moth was about four centimetres. i don’t have a camera so the laptop was retrieved and was looking forward to infinite moths from the reflection on the window but it was not to be. something to do with quality or something. anyway, this is the brown evening moth again (gellonia dejectaria of the geometridae family) which is a new zealand native. there must be some mahoe trees nearby being the food for the larvae of this species as well as for the larvae of the feredayia graminosa aka the mahoe stripper. this brown evening moth snuck away to the wall in the hallway while i wasn’t looking.

  • emim 520 on 16 October 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: flax looper, , , orthoclydon praefactat, superstitions, white moth   

    white moth of death 

    not yet sure what kind of moth this one is because search engines were directing me to superstitions. apparently a white moth represents death or a lost soul trying to find heaven or the spirit of a recently deceased person trying to enter the house which it did. it circled the light bulb so many times it was dizzying then stopped to pose for the camera. will return later with an id.

    h g wells’ a moth: genus novo uses a moth as a reincarnation of one of the characters, just to illustrate perhaps a development of these moth superstitions.

  • emim 1204 on 8 October 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: arctiidae, feredayia graminosa, green mahoe moth, mahoe stripper, window   

    front and back 

    this one was on my flatmate’s window probably watching 30 rock. the top photo shows the moth blocking our view of the screen inside likely to be absorbed and laughing how moths do. it’s a really bizarre looking moth especially belly-side. actually it must be quite strange seeing let alone getting a clearer photograph of this side of a moth in general. click on it for detail. it’s pretty risque.

    it’s been a little while and my memory is only getting worse but here goes. the colour is duller on this guy or at least compared to this one which is perhaps too green but i think it is the mahoe stripper though i can’t reconcile the antennae at this stage. anyway, for now it is a new zealand native and the larvae eat the leaves of mahoe trees hence the name. it is known as the feredayia graminosa of the arctiidae family. apparently the adults are “on wing” october to january but these photos were taken on the 27th of september. i guess it’s not a huge difference though.

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