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Topic: Moths from Seram, Indonesia | Author: Marsdenda | Replies: 1 | Views: 5
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Moths from Seram, Indonesia

by Marsdenda » Sat Jan 28, 2023 9:44 pm

Can anyone help ID these day flying moths from Seram, Indonesia
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Topic: Juvisy insect fair 2023 | Author: morpho4me | Replies: 2 | Views: 82
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Re: Juvisy insect fair 2023

by wollastoni » Sat Jan 28, 2023 4:23 pm

I will ask the guy who organizes it and let you know.
I would bet on September 23/24 but let's check.

I won't be able to attend it this year as I should be in New Guinea in end September.
Topic: diptera from Kenya amazing id. please | Author: africaone | Replies: 3 | Views: 23
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Re: diptera from Kenya amazing id. please

by africaone » Sat Jan 28, 2023 4:10 pm

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A robber fly (family Asilidae) of the genus Pegesimallus; possibly Pegesimallus teratodes -

https://www.google.com/search?q=Pegesim ... e&ie=UTF-8
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well shot, many thanks :-)
seems not common
Topic: diptera from Kenya amazing id. please | Author: africaone | Replies: 3 | Views: 23
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Re: diptera from Kenya amazing id. please

by livingplanet3 » Sat Jan 28, 2023 3:02 pm

africaone wrote: Sat Jan 28, 2023 1:07 pm Diptera, Brachycera from Kenya Kitui region (dry zone)

Does anyone knows what it is ?

thanks, Thierry
A robber fly (family Asilidae) of the genus Pegesimallus; possibly Pegesimallus teratodes -

https://www.google.com/search?q=Pegesim ... e&ie=UTF-8
Topic: diptera from Kenya amazing id. please | Author: africaone | Replies: 3 | Views: 23
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diptera from Kenya amazing id. please

by africaone » Sat Jan 28, 2023 1:07 pm

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Diptera, Brachycera from Kenya Kitui region (dry zone)

Does anyone knows what it is ?

thanks, Thierry
Topic: Specimen Macro Photography | Author: Cabintom | Replies: 6 | Views: 242
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Re: Specimen Macro Photography

by Cabintom » Sat Jan 28, 2023 9:15 am

I've recently modified this set-up slightly. I'm now using a black background beneath the specimens which cuts down on the amount of light bouncing back into the camera. The benefit is an increased contrast and visibility of wing patterns and colours (the white background tended to overwhelm dark specimens and cause markings on the opposite wing surface to show through). The drawback is that it is more difficult to isolate specimens from the background (especially antennae) and the fishing line support is now very visible (I may experiment with black thread in the future).

Here are a few examples of the new results:

Paradeudorix ituri ituri
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Hamanumida daedalus
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Euriphene tadema nigropunctata
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Euphaedra medon
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Pseudoneptis bugandensis ianthe
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Topic: Movie magic ! | Author: Trehopr1 | Replies: 5 | Views: 112
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Re: Movie magic !

by daveuk » Sat Jan 28, 2023 12:09 am

Check out a British 60s horror film "The Blood Beast Terror"
It has a preposterous lepidoptera related plot & Peter Cushing. An enjoyable romp !!

Topic: Movie magic ! | Author: Trehopr1 | Replies: 5 | Views: 112
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Re: Movie magic !

by Trehopr1 » Fri Jan 27, 2023 9:36 pm

All you have to do is go on to YouTube and look up Dr Doolittle 1967 (end scene). That is the sequence with the giant lunar moth.

Dr Doolittle says in the film that it has a 60 ft wingspan !
Using a staff he roughly carves out its image in the sand of an island shoreline --- where it will land to pick him up.
Topic: Movie magic ! | Author: Trehopr1 | Replies: 5 | Views: 112
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Re: Movie magic !

by 58chevy » Fri Jan 27, 2023 9:19 pm

There was also the '50s sci-fi movie "Mothra", featuring a giant moth. The larva was scarier than the moth.
Topic: Stichophthalma | Author: joachim | Replies: 41 | Views: 595
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Re: Stichophthalma

by adamcotton » Fri Jan 27, 2023 8:16 pm

Chuck wrote: Fri Jan 27, 2023 1:32 pm So what is the recommended data labeling action?
If the locality in the data label is incorrect I recommend stating the original data followed by 'loc. err. = XXX'

If the stated data is retained, then it has not been 'lost' if it is subsequently found to be correct.

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Topic: Stichophthalma | Author: joachim | Replies: 41 | Views: 595
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Re: Stichophthalma

by Paul K » Fri Jan 27, 2023 3:58 pm

I can’t be certain but as far as I can see Dave’s label it says Chanthaburi on it which would be correct at the first.
Topic: Stichophthalma | Author: joachim | Replies: 41 | Views: 595
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Re: Stichophthalma

by Chuck » Fri Jan 27, 2023 1:32 pm

adamcotton wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 9:55 pm
daveuk wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:17 pm Middle picture S cambodia. All specimens from Kanchanaburi Thailand
Perhaps the correct data is Chantaburi (similar sounding name, especially the shortened spoken Thai form "Kanburi" versus "Chanburi").

S. cambodia does not occur in Kanchanaburi, which is in WEST Thailand, it is only found in SE Thailand and SW Cambodia. Almost all specimens in collections are from Chantaburi.

See
http://yutaka.it-n.jp/ama/50250001.html

Adam.
I've faced this issue. Presuming the data label(s) says Kanchanaburi, does one change the label? Add a corrective label?

I've had labels that I am quite certain are incorrect; and by "figuring out" the most likely location, it would make sense to "correct" the label. On the other hand, my field work has expanded the known ranges of dozens of species, some by hundreds of kilometers. I've been told "species does not occur there" yet, there I am holding a fresh specimen. And I recall at least in one case I'd "corrected" a label, only to later discover that in fact the original label was, as unlikely as it was, correct. So I no longer correct labels.

So what is the recommended data labeling action?
Topic: Juvisy insect fair 2023 | Author: morpho4me | Replies: 2 | Views: 82
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Juvisy insect fair 2023

by morpho4me » Fri Jan 27, 2023 11:49 am

Dear friends,
I know it is very early but has the Juvisy insect fair date been scheduled yet for late September, 2023? I realize that it is usually the last weekend of the month. So, would it be the weekend of 23-24, September or possibly the following weekend of 30 September- 1 October? For those of us coming from overseas much advanced planning is necessary. Thank you for your help. Sincerely,
morphonut.
Topic: Movie magic ! | Author: Trehopr1 | Replies: 5 | Views: 112
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Re: Movie magic !

by kevinkk » Fri Jan 27, 2023 4:05 am

A little before my time, I don't recall much of the Dr.
I am a little familiar with the pushmepullyou as a model kit.
Somehow calling it a "lunar" moth seems to add a little magic.
Movies did mean a lot when us older persons were innocent and impressionable,
I remember being quite upset and concerned when that whale swallowed Pinocchio.
Topic: Stichophthalma | Author: joachim | Replies: 41 | Views: 595
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Re: Stichophthalma

by daveuk » Thu Jan 26, 2023 10:46 pm

Thanks for that Adam. Always good to have someone "in situ" to clarify the data.
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Re: Stichophthalma

by adamcotton » Thu Jan 26, 2023 9:55 pm

daveuk wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:17 pm Middle picture S cambodia. All specimens from Kanchanaburi Thailand
Perhaps the correct data is Chantaburi (similar sounding name, especially the shortened spoken Thai form "Kanburi" versus "Chanburi").

S. cambodia does not occur in Kanchanaburi, which is in WEST Thailand, it is only found in SE Thailand and SW Cambodia. Almost all specimens in collections are from Chantaburi.

See
http://yutaka.it-n.jp/ama/50250001.html

Adam.
Topic: Stichophthalma | Author: joachim | Replies: 41 | Views: 595
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Re: Stichophthalma

by livingplanet3 » Thu Jan 26, 2023 9:17 pm

daveuk wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:17 pm Top picture from left to right: S howqua formosama pair (Taiwan) S howqua suffusa pair (Sichuan, China) Male S neumogeni(China) & male S sparta evansii(Burma)

Middle picture S cambodia. All specimens from Kanchanaburi Thailand

Bottom picture Top row S louisa louisa Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Bottom row S louisa siamensis Chiang Mai & Phrae,Thailand...
Thanks again - beautiful specimens!
Topic: Stichophthalma | Author: joachim | Replies: 41 | Views: 595
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Re: Stichophthalma

by daveuk » Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:17 pm

Top picture from left to right: S howqua formosama pair (Taiwan) S howqua suffusa pair (Sichuan, China) Male S neumogeni(China) & male S sparta evansii(Burma)

Middle picture S cambodia. All specimens from Kanchanaburi Thailand

Bottom picture Top row S louisa louisa Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Bottom row S louisa siamensis Chiang Mai & Phrae,Thailand
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Topic: A new ssp of Papilio saharae from Lampedusa | Author: adamcotton | Replies: 4 | Views: 112
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Re: A new ssp of Papilio saharae from Lampedusa

by laurie2 » Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:02 pm

adamcotton wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 10:53 am This paper was published (open access) today:

Cassar, L-F., Catania, A. & A.M. Cotton 2023. A new subspecies of Papilio saharae Oberthür, 1879 (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae)
from Lampedusa, Italy. Zootaxa 5231(1): 65–78.
DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.5231.1.5

Abstract
An investigation into the only representative of the genus Papilio on the island of Lampedusa, the largest island of the Pelagian group, was conducted as part of a broader Mediterranean-wide study on the machaon complex. Over a three year period, adults, larvae and ova were collected for further research during field visits, while an in-house breeding programme involving wild-collected gravid females was initiated with a view to examine an adequately sized series of specimens. A total of 38 adults, including 23 male specimens, >150 ova, 233 larvae, and 220 pupae were examined. In addition to a thorough morphometric assessment, statistical tests were performed using one-way ANOVA and multivariate analysis. Results demonstrate morphological characters of P. saharae and, to a lesser degree, of P. machaon, suggesting that the taxon is plausibly the outcome of a hybrid swarm whose occurrence on the island was facilitated by Pleistocene lowstands (when the island was physically connected with the north African continental landmass, the taxon’s centre of origin). Based on results, involving all four stages of metamorphosis, it is proposed to ‘anchor’ the taxon to Papilio saharae Oberthür, 1879 and assign it subspecific status, aferpilaggi ssp. nov.

The paper can be downloaded here:
https://www.mapress.com/zt/article/view ... .1.5/49810

Adam.
Superb work Adam! As always!
Topic: Where can I go? | Author: 777 | Replies: 11 | Views: 271
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Re: Where can I go?

by Chuck » Thu Jan 26, 2023 6:39 pm

Miami to Martinique (FDF) then Martinique (FDF) to French Guiana (CAY)

I did it on Expedia, but it wouldn't show up if I MIA -> CAY, I had to find FDF to CAY, then backtrack MIA to FDF

Sorry, I think in airport codes.