SINOBUG

Female Indian Moon Moth (Actias selene, Saturniidae)

On this night out in the Pu’er hills with the MV light, I was visited by not one, but two, female Moon Moths simultaneously. It was getting late and was starting to drizzle rain, so I had already packed up the camera and dismantled my sheet leaving the light on so I could see what I was doing.

Typical of the Saturniids, they are erratic flyers and crash and flap frantically where ever they land which is why it can be difficult to find a pristine specimen in the wild unless it has just emerged from pupation (or you raise them in captivity).

These moths are too big to photograph using my usual macro setup, so I had to unpack and disassemble my camera in the rain to get these shots.

Female Indian Moon Moth (Actias selene, Saturniidae)

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

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Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)


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

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Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)

Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)

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

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Pyralid Snout Moth (Orybina flaviplaga, Pyralidae)

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

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Pyralid Snout Moth (Orybina flaviplaga, Pyralidae)

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

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Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae, Erebidae)


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

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Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae, Erebidae)

Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae, Erebidae)

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

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


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
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

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

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Zygaenid Moth (Eterusia aedea, Zygaenidae)

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


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
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)

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

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

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

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

"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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"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

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

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

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

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

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

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

Eupterotid Moths (Tagora sp., Eupterotidae)


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

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Eupterotid Moths (Tagora sp., Eupterotidae)

Eupterotid Moths (Tagora sp., Eupterotidae)

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

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Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae) “Green Devil”

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

View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my Flickr photostream, HERE.

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae) “Green Devil”

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

View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my Flickr photostream, HERE.

Hawk Moth (Cechenena subangustata, Sphingidae)


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

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Hawk Moth (Cechenena subangustata, Sphingidae)

Hawk Moth (Cechenena subangustata, Sphingidae)

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

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

Lymantriid Moth (Actornis sp., Lymantriinae, Erebidae)

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

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

Lymantriid Moth (Actornis sp., Lymantriinae, Erebidae)

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

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Trial Flight

When caterpillars involuntarily or intentionally drop from the tree canopy, they can regain their original position by climbing silk lifelines spun out from the head spinnerets. They may utilise this feature when disturbed and as a means of escape from predators or when it comes time to relocate due to defoliation or to moult or pupate.
Image BELOW: Tiny early instar Nolid Moth caterpillars (Chloephorinae, Nolidae) shimmy up a silken lifeline back to the leaf they bungeed from when disturbed. Each caterpillar made the leap of faith on their own strand of silk but the multiple strands coalesce when they come into contact with each other providing a more stable return journey.


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

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Trial Flight

When caterpillars involuntarily or intentionally drop from the tree canopy, they can regain their original position by climbing silk lifelines spun out from the head spinnerets. They may utilise this feature when disturbed and as a means of escape from predators or when it comes time to relocate due to defoliation or to moult or pupate.

Image BELOW: Tiny early instar Nolid Moth caterpillars (Chloephorinae, Nolidae) shimmy up a silken lifeline back to the leaf they bungeed from when disturbed. Each caterpillar made the leap of faith on their own strand of silk but the multiple strands coalesce when they come into contact with each other providing a more stable return journey.

Ahhhh, the good old Indian rope trick......

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

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Cup Moth (Miresa fulgida, Limacodidae)

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

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Cup Moth (Miresa fulgida, Limacodidae)

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

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..