Interesting moth - ID if possible.

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7 years 8 months ago #19015 by Dave Shedman
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This little chap landed on Mariana's head this morning and thankfully survived being brushed off with her hand (she hadn't seen it so didn't know what had landed and was taking no chances!). As you can see, it has fascinating markings on the wings. I don't think I've ever seen a moth with the 'delta wing' pattern (like the old Vulcan bomber). Any JGB's, sorry, I mean lepidopterists <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> out there care to tell me its name (and don't say 'Dave'!)?

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7 years 8 months ago #19020 by waldens@faerieglen
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Dave <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->
Your moth is a Grammodes exclusiva, or Black and White Lines moth. Strangely enough the habitat is listed as Bushveld and Forest. (I assume this was taken at home?) The larvae feed on Citrus and Polygonum.

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7 years 8 months ago #19022 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: Interesting moth - ID if possible.
Thanks for the info Amanda / Dennis (not sure which of you is the moth expert :D ). Yes, it was taken at home. Mariana was sitting on the front doorstep smoking a cancer stick (at least she doesn't do it indoors <!-- s:evil: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_evil.gif" alt=":evil:" title="Evil or Very Mad" /><!-- s:evil: --> ) when she felt something land on her head and brushed it off. In this photo it's actually on our doorstep. That's the second moth we've had here that's not supposed to be here, the other being a Cream Striped Owl. As you know, we live next to a vlei but there are some very small areas of mature trees not too far away. We have a Lemon Pistol Bush in our garden, would that count as citrus?

Justin, if you're reading this, please remind me how to submit this to the butterfly atlassing project. Thanks :D

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7 years 8 months ago #19080 by JGB
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Am not all that good at moth ID's, well actually not all that good at IDing anythig, still battle with positivey ID'ig moths, but will make contact with a moth expert in Lepsoc.

As for submitting to SABCA.

Copy the following format and add the relevent info and send it to <!-- e --><a href="mailto:sabca@adu.org.za]sabca@adu.org.za[/url]<!-- e -->

[begin]
[SABCA]
[observer name]
[coordinates latitude]
[coordinates longitude]
[locality]
[closest town]
[province]
[country]
[year]
[month]
[day]
[number of photos]
[notes]
[end]



More info can be found at - [url:74c1smew] sabca.adu.org.za/ [/url:74c1smew]

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Justin

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7 years 8 months ago #19319 by JGB
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Herewith the reply I received from a well know moth expert

Hi Justin,

The moth is called Grammodes bifasciata, Catocalinae, Noctuidae. One of the owl moths.


So corret genus, just a different species.

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Justin

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7 years 8 months ago #19338 by waldens@faerieglen
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Thanks Justin, my moth book doesn't show all the species, so I also learned something :)

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7 years 8 months ago #19340 by JGB
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Moths can be a nightmare when it comes to ID'ing them. I think there are in the region of 6000 species in South Africa alone!!!! So no chance of getting a comprehensive book. There is a program called Lepidops for moths that runs off a pc that contains ID's of many of SA's moths that is a help when ID'ing them. We had a short intro to the program at our last GBMC (Gauteng Butterfly and Moth Club) meeting and once we got into the whole thing we were ID'ing the moths fairly easily. With anything once you can narrow it down to correct genus, things get easier.

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7 years 8 months ago #19397 by Goggapot
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Hi Forumites,

Where can I buy a book that's only about moths? I had one the other day that I struggled to identify and at last found out it was a Speckled Emperor moth (Gynanisa maja). They are fairly common in South Africa but its always great to see them.. especially when they flash their stunning red eye spots!

Thanks

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