SINOBUG

Jul 24

Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea, Nymphalidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea, Nymphalidae)

Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea, Nymphalidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Monkey Moth (Eupterote sp., Eupterotidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Monkey Moth (Eupterote sp., Eupterotidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Jul 23

Assassin Bug (Endochus sp., Reduviidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Assassin Bug (Endochus sp., Reduviidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Anonymous said: Hello there! I was curious, what is the difference between a luna moth and a moon moth? Or are they just different names for the same moth? Thanks! :)

Common or generic insect names are useful for non-entomological people to describe insects but are generally very confusing, variable and differ from region to region both within countries and between countries and parts of the world.

Many North Americans are familiar with their Luna Moth (Actias luna, family Saturniidae). Described and named (as Phalena plumata caudata) by Petiver in 1700, the Luna Moth was the first North American Saturniid to be reported in the literature (Tuskes et al. 1996). The original Latin name of the Luna Moth (which referred to the long tails) was lost when Linnaeus converted the name to a binomial with the specific epithet luna in 1758.

The family name Saturniidae is based on the eyespots of some members of the family that contain concentric rings reminiscent of the planet Saturn (Powell 2003). Hence, Linnaeus gave the Luna Moth it’s species binomial of Actias luna based on its moon-like spots. (New Latin lūna, meaning moon. In current English, this would be lunar). So it is justified that Actias luna has the common name of Luna Moth.

However, North America does not have a monopoly on Saturniid moths (in fact far from it). Very similar Saturniid moths exist particularly in the tropics globally including many in the same genus of Actias. They are all Moon Moths by virtue of their classification, including Actias luna, the Luna Moth. But because of the luna in it’s scientific name, the title of Luna Moth probably (but not officially) belongs to the North American species.

So to answer your question, Luna and Moon Moths all belong to the same family of moths. The names are interchangeable depending on who or where you are. But it makes sense that Actias luna be called the Luna Moth. But it is just one of many Moon Moths.

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Jul 22

Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)

Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Fishfly (Corydalidae, Megaloptera)

The family Corydalidae contains the megalopterous insects known as dobsonflies and fishflies.
 
Fishflies are sizeable Megalopterans, with a body usually larger than 25 mm. They often have long filamentous antennae, though in male fishflies they are characteristically feathered. The four large wings are translucent, smoky grey, or mixed, and the anterior pair is slightly longer than the posterior one.
 
The larvae are aquatic, active, armed with strong sharp mandibles, and breathe by means of abdominal branchial filaments. When full sized - which can take several years - they leave the water and spend a quiescent pupal stage on the land, in chambers dug under stones or logs, before metamorphosis into the sexually mature insect.
 
(attracted to MV lamp)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Fishfly (Corydalidae, Megaloptera)

The family Corydalidae contains the megalopterous insects known as dobsonflies and fishflies.

Fishflies are sizeable Megalopterans, with a body usually larger than 25 mm. They often have long filamentous antennae, though in male fishflies they are characteristically feathered. The four large wings are translucent, smoky grey, or mixed, and the anterior pair is slightly longer than the posterior one.

The larvae are aquatic, active, armed with strong sharp mandibles, and breathe by means of abdominal branchial filaments. When full sized - which can take several years - they leave the water and spend a quiescent pupal stage on the land, in chambers dug under stones or logs, before metamorphosis into the sexually mature insect.

(attracted to MV lamp)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Jul 21

Pyralid Snout Moth (Orybina flaviplaga, Pyralidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Pyralid Snout Moth (Orybina flaviplaga, Pyralidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae, Erebidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae, Erebidae)

Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae, Erebidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Jul 20

Geometrid Moths (Biston bengaliaria, Ennominae, Geometridae)
(female top of image, male bottom of image and below)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Geometrid Moths (Biston bengaliaria, Ennominae, Geometridae)
(female top of image, male bottom of image and below)

Geometrid Moth (Biston bengaliaria, Ennominae), male

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Tiger Beetle (Heptodonta ferrarii, Cicindelinae, Carabidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Tiger Beetle (Heptodonta ferrarii, Cicindelinae, Carabidae)

Tiger Beetle (Heptodonta ferrarii, Cicindelinae, Carabidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Jul 19

Zygaenid Moth (Eterusia aedea, Zygaenidae)

Red Slug Caterpillar of Eterusia aedea (Zygaenidae) (below)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Zygaenid Moth (Eterusia aedea, Zygaenidae)

Zygaenid Moth (Eterusia aedea, Zygaenidae)

Red Slug Caterpillar of Eterusia aedea (Zygaenidae) (below)

Red Slug Caterpillar of Eterusia aedea (Zygaenidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Hawk Moth (Parum colligata, Sphingidae)
Parum is a genus of moths in the Sphingidae family, containing only one species, Parum colligata, which is found from Korea and Japan south throughout eastern and central China and Taiwan to Vietnam, northern Thailand and north-eastern Myanmar.
The wingspan is 69-90 mm. There are one or two generations per year in northern China, with adults on wing from May to July. Farther south, there may be up to four generations.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Hawk Moth (Parum colligata, Sphingidae)

Parum is a genus of moths in the Sphingidae family, containing only one species, Parum colligata, which is found from Korea and Japan south throughout eastern and central China and Taiwan to Vietnam, northern Thailand and north-eastern Myanmar. The wingspan is 69-90 mm. There are one or two generations per year in northern China, with adults on wing from May to July. Farther south, there may be up to four generations.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Jul 18

"Does my bum look big in this?"

A Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae, Erebidae) stretches out in a new skin, leaving the old outfit for the recyclers.

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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"Does my bum look big in this?"

A Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae, Erebidae) stretches out in a new skin, leaving the old outfit for the recyclers.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Geometrid Moth (Corymica spatiosa, Ennominae, Geometridae), female

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Geometrid Moth (Corymica spatiosa, Ennominae, Geometridae), female

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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