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

    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, geometridae, 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, geometridae, , 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 134 on 26 September 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: co-evolution, darwin, geometridae, , 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: geometridae, 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.

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