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by jonagius
Sun May 29, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Festuca ovina??
Replies: 1
Views: 10092

Festuca ovina??

Hi people,
Do you know where I can find Festuca ovina (Sheep's Fescue) in Malta please? This plant is from the Poaceae family. It seems to be a very common plant all around Europe & the Mediterranean but not in Malta!

Any replies would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks people.
Regards
Jonathan
by jonagius
Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:28 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A borage eating caterpillar
Replies: 5
Views: 22688

Utetheisa pulchella

No problem Conchiolin. I got the message :-)
Thanks a lot. :-)
by jonagius
Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:26 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: For lepidoptera lovers
Replies: 1
Views: 10666

Lasiocampa trifolii

Hi there,
It's the larva of Lasiocampa trifolii, a common moth that flies during the first weeks of October. The larvae feed on Gramineae, Festuca ovina, F. polesica, Elymus arenarius, Vicia cracca, Calluna vulgaris
Jonathan
by jonagius
Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:22 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Butterfly
Replies: 7
Views: 27472

Gegenes pumilio

Hi,
Definitely it's a male Gegenes pumilio. This is the only recorded skipper in Malta till now. The markings of G. nostrodamus are different.
Well done for the photo. I really like it :-)
Jonathan
by jonagius
Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:18 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A moth on Mentha spicata
Replies: 5
Views: 18167

Maniola jurtina

Hi Stephen,
I hope you answer the following question with a yes...I really do!!
Question:
Did you photograph this Maniola jurtina in Malta (not Gozo I intend)?
Thanks
Jonathan.
by jonagius
Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A moth
Replies: 8
Views: 27445

Hi Conchiolin, To be sure that you have a torrida and not an algira, you can also compare the size of the specimens. D. torrida is always somewhat bigger than the algira. Just remember that sometimes the marking of both species is not enough to distinguish one from the other. Breeding it is a defini...
by jonagius
Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A borage eating caterpillar
Replies: 5
Views: 22688

Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Hi there,
The larvae is that of Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758)a beautiful moth species which normally migrates during Autumn and its larvae is fond of Borago

btw. the photo is great :D
by jonagius
Sat May 03, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: caterpillar
Replies: 6
Views: 23677

[i]Cucullia calendulae [/i](Treitschke, 1835)

Dear all, It's been a long time since I posted my last comments....very busy period right now. The larvae is that of a Cucullia calendulae (Treitschke, 1835) a common species which flies between October and April. It's food plants are Calendula, Ormenis, Achillea, Anthemis . The larva in the photo i...
by jonagius
Sun Sep 30, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Hymenia recurvalis
Replies: 9
Views: 27237

Hymenia recurvalis

Hi folks, This time here is a small moth which flies both during the day and night. Species : Hymenia recurvalis (Fabricius, 1775) Family : Pyralidae Subfamily : Pyraustinae Common Name : No common name. Maltese Name : Spoladea Flight period: Sep - Oct in 1 generation. Distribution : Denmark, German...
by jonagius
Sun Sep 30, 2007 5:37 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Cymbalophora pudica
Replies: 2
Views: 11580

Cymbalophora pudica

Hi folks, Here is a beauty of a moth for you to enjoy: Species : Cymbalophora pudica (Esper, [1785]) Family : Arctiidae Subfamily : Arctiinae Common Name : The Mediterranean Tiger Moth Maltese Name : Iż-Żarżur Flight period: Sep - Oct in 1 generation. Distribution : Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerla...
by jonagius
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: One of the most beautiful....
Replies: 14
Views: 38213

Hi Conchiolin,

Yes, there are breeding cages made from light soft nets for these things. Glass jars are sometimes useful as well, as long as there are holes in the lid to allow the air inside the jar to go in and out. However, the most important thing in breeding insects is patience.
by jonagius
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A moth i've never seen
Replies: 2
Views: 11498

Pandesma robusta

Hi Conchiolin, The moth is a Pandesma robusta . Here is it's profile: Species : Pandesma robusta (Walker, 1858) Family : Noctuidae Subfamily : Catocalinae Common Name : (No common name) Flight period : Apr & Jun - Dec in 2 generations. Distribution : Cyprus, Greece, Crete, Turkey, Sicily, Mainland I...
by jonagius
Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:21 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: One of the most beautiful....
Replies: 14
Views: 38213

U. pulchella & D. algira

Hi people, Sorry for being late. Davdand identified both species correctly. :o GREAT!!. From this post onwards I will start giving a brief summary of the moths/butterflies you photograph. Like this it would be more interesting for you to notice these insects in the wild, and hopefully even making so...
by jonagius
Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Moths.
Replies: 2
Views: 11609

moths id

Hi Conchiolin,

The image HPIM3963.JPG is a Tyta luctuosa a very common moth during spring and autummn. You have accurately identified the H. undalis, not a common moth I can say.
by jonagius
Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Bright red, Olive-green, cyan and Black dragonfly
Replies: 7
Views: 20005

Sympetrum fonscolombi

Hi Conchiolin,

You are right. It's Sympetrum fonscolombi.

Jonathan
by jonagius
Sun Aug 19, 2007 2:58 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Agdistis tamaricis (Pterophoridae)
Replies: 1
Views: 10393

Agdistis tamaricis (Pterophoridae)

Hi people,

This is definitely an Agdistis tamaricis (Pterophoridae), that lives also on Tamarix gallica.

Check how much its larva is similar to the leaves of its foodplant.

Jonathan
by jonagius
Sun Aug 19, 2007 2:52 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Clytie illunaris
Replies: 2
Views: 12041

Thanks a lot. It's a pleasure to help id Maltese leps (short for lepidoptera).

Here is the larva of the Clytie illunaris on the Tamarix gallica. The larva reaches a length of 4cms and is only active at night.

Jonathan
by jonagius
Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Clytie illunaris
Replies: 2
Views: 12041

Clytie illunaris

Hi people, Attached you can find a foto of a moth from the Catocalinae family - Clytie illunaris which you might encounter during the summer months on Tamarix gallica This moth is not very common, but it is not rare neither. So, just in case anyone encounters it, please threat it with respect. Jonat...
by jonagius
Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:47 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A caterpillar that I never saw
Replies: 5
Views: 17945

Aporophyla canescens

Hi Stephen,

The larvae is that of the Noctuidae Aporophyla canescens (moth). It lives on the leaves of Urginea pancration

It is quite a common species, but is found only in virgin garigues like Selmun.

Jonathan
by jonagius
Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:42 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: WOOOWW!!
Replies: 4
Views: 14842

Moths id

Hi, With regards to the first photo (the plume moth), it is an insect that belongs to the Agdistis genus. Definitely it is not an Emmelina monodactlya because when the latter species is at rest, it wings are not held upwards but horizontally in the form of a T. If you found the moth between mid June...
by jonagius
Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:19 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: ID those pleaaase
Replies: 11
Views: 30150

Hellula undalis

Hi people, I am new to this forum, and my speciality is lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) both from Malta and the rest of Europe and North Africa. The moth pictured by Conchiolin is a Hellula undalis , a very common species that flies during the summer. The larvae feeds on plants from the Crucifer...