Friday, 30 September 2011

Himalayan Highlights 1. Moths

The group of Geography and Bioscience students that we took to Sikkim were excellent young folk. It turned out that we had two major methods of concentrating moths (from moon moths to clearwings- Syntomoides imaoni). One was the foldable moth trap that we took with us. The other was the giant, illuminated statue of Guru Padmasambhava bringing all these critters in from the surrounding hillsides. I haven't yet been able to get names for all the moths. Any help would be appreciated. The swallow-tailed moth is Asthenidia transversaria salax.

2 comments:

Barry Stewart said...

I have a book on the Moths of SE Asia which as a good number of your species illustrated. Let me know if you'd like to borrow it and I'll drop it off next time we're passing.
Barry

Paul Brain said...

Thanks Barry, I certainly would like to borrow it. The white one with black lines (2nd from top) is, I believe, a member of the Genus Gazalina (an oak defoliator).

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