Any ideas? Awaiting the experts.
- Nice moth. Damage on the right wing but still, It's beautiful!
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- Nice coloration. Could somebody point out the name of the plant on which the moth is feeding. Photo is a bit blurry but i have better photos of it.
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The first moth is Uthetheisa pulchella, Fam.Arctiidae. It was previously very common but is now quite scarce. The plant it is on is Heliotropum europaeum, the Common Heliotrope, M. Ghobbejra. This is the foodplant of this moth's caterpillar.
The second moth is Dysgonia torrida (Not Drysonia which is why you couldn't google it!) Fam. Noctuidae. M. Bahrija tar-Rignu Afrikana. It could also be D. algira, which is very similar. Foodplants include Ricinus (castor oil plant) and Punica (pomegranate)
Sorry for being late. Davdand identified both species correctly. 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 some scientific discoveries. If you want to send your comments, critics and/or suggestions, please feel free to do so.
Species: Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name: Crimson-speckled Moth
Flight period: Sep - Oct in 1 generation. Occasionally I have also reported it in May.
Distribution: Across all Europe, Northern Africa, Canary Islands, Madeira, Asia through Japan.
Local status: As correctly stated by Davdand, it was a common moth which now is difficult to meet. However it is also a very strong migrant and in some years (eg. Sep 2006) it was extremely common.
Larval foodplants: Heliotropum europaeum and Borago officinalis
Similar species: None in Europe
Species: Dysgonia algira (Linnaeus, 1767)
Common Name: The Passenger
Flight period: Apr - Oct up to 3 generations depending on weather conditions.
Distribution: Mediterranean-Asiatic, including North Africa.
Local status: Quite common but normally localised.
Larval foodplants: Rubus ulmifolius, Salix, Genista, Lythrum, Punica, Ricinus and Parietaria.
Similar species: Dysgonia torrida which is rarer. For the untrained eye, the main distinguishing feature between D. algira and D. torrida is the central fascia (band) on the forewings. The bands of D. torrida tend to curve slightly smoother than those of D. algira. I have bred both species for some years and have released a good number of specimens in the wild. So hopefully these beauties could be met more frequently. I am attaching a sketch of the forewings of both species to help you in the identification just in case you meet any of the species again.
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Hell now that's interesting. You actually breeds those moths? Woow something i never even dreamed of. You have a special place for them "Mothery" or something?
I'm starting to like those Lepidopterans.
Thanky you Jonagius and Davdand.