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  • emim 134 on 26 September 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: co-evolution, darwin, , , moth tongue   

    four moths 

    but i only have two moths to post and then i will show you only one for now. this one was resting quite a way back from the light sources and where two walls meet. another came by and flitted about all over the show too fast to be documented and it harassed the quiet rester and they fell and disappeared into my clothes presumably never to see light again. quiet rester looked really similar to the first but had stripes instead of spots and was a little smaller. in the photo you can see that it also differs as it has stubs for antennae. i’m not sure whether they are meant to be like this or if life’s been difficult. i’m not even entirely sure it was antennae now that i think about it. maybe it was the tongue. i will take an educated guess it is also a part of the geometridae family but not going to commit to xyridacma ustaria. identifying has been difficult lately. when university subsides i will go to te papa to see the moth collection and to the library to get some moth books.

    speaking of moth tongues, have you heard about darwin’s predicted moth which was discovered forty years later and helped his argument for co-evolution?

    • emim 108 on 8 October 2011 Permalink | Reply

      i think i know what this one is. how original is “brown evening moth”? however, the scientific name makes up for it here with gellonia dejectaria. poor moth.

  • emim 145 on 22 September 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , xyridacma ustaria   

    the first 

    this was the first moth to cross my path since i started noticing them. i thought it was dead until it secretly flew from a white wall to a sheet of cardboard maybe so it could feel more camouflaged instead of like a painting in a gallery. as you can see the wings lie flat and then flat on the other wings and also flat against the thing it perches upon. if you looked at it side-on it would be a slightly curved ramp. i’m not sure what the common name is but it is native to new zealand and i think it is xyridacma ustaria of the geometridae family.

  • emim 1109 on 19 September 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: unknown   


    there are barbs on the legs which make them look like really small and bare twigs probably making him extra good at camouflage. this one was being very amusing basking under a lamp beside blown light-bulbs previously used as a sound source for a work about moths. i couldn’t identify him but haven’t given up yet.

  • emim 1102 on 16 September 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: kahukowhai, vanessa itea, yellow admiral   

    not a moth 

    on the front deck resting upon the decoratively concrete blasted wall was in actuality a butterfly but it was as dark as night on a moonless night and it was many brilliant shades of brown. with its wings upright like this we should have known but we were tricked. it was hiding more daylight-suitable colours such as yellow on the wings topside. i did not see but maybe it was the yellow admiral or kahukowhai which means yellow cloak. it likes nettles.

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