13 October 2013

Atlantic Forest moths, REGUA, Brazil: 13 October

Our final day at REGUA. As part of an ongoing study by a small group of us to identify the moth species present at REGUA, I've been keen to photograph more moth species on this trip. So like on most other days over the last week or so, I spent some time this morning at the lodge photographing moths and bugs at the moth wall. In particular I've been hoping for another specimen of the unusual Bombyciid I found in September 2012 to make an appearance.

October is spring in south-east Brazil and usually an excellent time of year for moths. But unfortunately, due to the relatively low temperatures and humidity at REGUA at the moment, the number and variety of moths appearing at the light traps has been rather poor. Just one species of Bombyciid was logged on the whole trip (see below), however, we did find a number of very beautiful and bizarre looking species, including one (as yet unknown) species not previously found at REGUA. Here's a selection from the trapping sessions over this last week or so.

Olceclostera amoria, REGUA, 13 October 2013 - the only Bombyciid to visit the light traps this trip. You can see why this family
has earned the name 'head-standers'.

Pachylioides resumens, REGUA, 13 October 2013. This mid-size Sphingid is distributed throughout the Neotropics and is very
common in southern Brazil and the Serra dos Órgãos region of the Atlantic Forest, where REGUA is located.

Bellatrix Prominent Crinodes bellatrix, REGUA, 9 October 2013 - this amazing Noctuoid mimics a nut (the seed, not a crazy person)

Langsdorfia franckii, REGUA, 9 October 2013 - a member of the Cossidae family

Green-windowed Deadleaf Trygodes musivaria, REGUA, 12 October 2013 - a beautifully patterned Geometrid

Pale-winged Gray Iridopsis ephyraria, REGUA, 5 October 2013 - a rather pug-like Geometrid

Automeris annulata, REGUA, 5 October 2013 - one of the more common Saturniids at the light traps here. The eye-spots
on the hindwings are revealed to ward off predators.

Unidentified Geometrid sp., REGUA, 13 October 2013 - this moth, whatever it is, is new for REGUA

Cosmosoma sp., REGUA, 6 October 2013 - species in this genus of Arctiids are very tricky to identify.

1 comment:

  1. Love 'em! Espiecially the Green-windowed Deadleaf, stunning mate!