Guinea - amazing moth

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7 years 11 months ago #13604 by nkgray
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This moth was flying around in late afternoon at least 2 hours before sunset and then took up residence on the verandah of the house here in N'Zerekore. It is only a medium-sized moth with a wingspan of 50-60mm, which makes those long wing streamers even more spectacular, especially in flight.

Can anyone tell me what it is, or at least point me at the right family so that I can do some digging to try and find out what it is?



Neil

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7 years 11 months ago #13605 by Rusty Justy
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Wow, spectacular creature...............Looks similar to the green lunar moth we have in SA, just with longer streamers.........Prehaps its in the came Genus?! or atleast Family.....

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7 years 11 months ago #13607 by Jon
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looks like pennant winged moth (cousin of penant winged nightjar)?!

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7 years 11 months ago #13609 by gordon
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I wonder if it is related to the Moon Moths? They have those long wing streamers...

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7 years 11 months ago #13611 by gordon
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Hi Neil, I have sent a request for help to the British Natural History Museum. Let's see if they know what it is..

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Gordon

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7 years 11 months ago #13612 by nkgray
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Thanks, guys.

Have at least confined my web search to Saturniidae (Moon/Lunar/Comet moths) but with very little success so far.

Gordon - good to know you can send in requests to such a distinguished organisation as the Natural History Museum. Takes me back to my student days in 19**! I was at the Royal School of Mines. We had the Royal College of Music next to us, the Royal Albert Hall across the street and behind us on the opposite side of the city block (big block - it comprised the entire Imperial College and the Science Museum) was the Natural History Museum, where I spent many an hour.

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7 years 11 months ago #13615 by JGB
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Neil,

I have received a reply on the ID query.

"The moth belongs to the family Saturniidae, the emperor moths. It probably belongs to the genus Antistathmoptera"

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"This is an emperor moth (family Saturniidae), although not closely related to any member of the southern African fauna. The book Emperor Moths of the World by B. D'Abrera should yield a positive identification as it contains high-quality images of just about all species"

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7 years 11 months ago #13624 by JGB
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Hi Neil,

Have received another reply.

"This Saturniidae moth is Eustera brachyura, member of a small genus comprising only 3 species, the two others being E. argiphontes and E. troglophylla. The present one E. brachyura is widespread from Guinea to Congo and Gabon to the east. Larval foodplant is a leguminosacée Dialium guineense. This pink moth is the commonest of the 3 species.
Eustera argiphontes is a larger and rarer species grey-brownish coloured, with small "windows" unscaled at the discal area of the forewing. Larval foodplant is there Albizzia species. It is known from Guinea on the west to Ugande to the esat and to Angola to the south.
Eustera troglophylla is more or less intermediate between the two previous ones, its general tone variable between brown/purplish and brown/rusty. It is uncommon but widespread from Guinea again, to eastern RDC/ Congo (albert Lake) through Cameroon or Gabon. All three are wet forest dwellers.
D'abrera's books already issued do not deal this genus (Parts 1 and 3) and we don't know when part 2 will issue. Informations in French are available from IFAN XIV : Les lépidoptères de l'Afrique noire occidentale by P. C. ROUGEOT Fascicule 4 Saturniidae IFAN, Dakar 1962: to be found in Museum's libraries."

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7 years 11 months ago #13626 by nkgray
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Thanks for all the help. It is good to be able at least to put a scientific name to it.

Neil

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7 years 10 months ago #14230 by gordon
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Hi Neil,

I received a reply from the Museum on this:

Dear Gordon - this is Eudaemonia brachyura or a very similar species. (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae (Saturniinae))

HTH

Best regards,

Stuart Hine
Identification & Advisory Service

Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD

Tel: 020 7942 5045


Cheers,
Gordon

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