Female Indian Moon Moth (Actias selene, Saturniidae)

On this night out in the Pu’er hills with the MV light, I was visited by not one, but two, female Moon Moths simultaneously. It was getting late and was starting to drizzle rain, so I had already packed up the camera and dismantled my sheet leaving the light on so I could see what I was doing.

Typical of the Saturniids, they are erratic flyers and crash and flap frantically where ever they land which is why it can be difficult to find a pristine specimen in the wild unless it has just emerged from pupation (or you raise them in captivity).

These moths are too big to photograph using my usual macro setup, so I had to unpack and disassemble my camera in the rain to get these shots.

Female Indian Moon Moth (Actias selene, Saturniidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..


Yellow-Lined Epeus

These spiders are a couple of Epeus flavobilineatus (Araneae - Salticidae) showing some of the features that allow to distinguish females and males (sexually dimorphic characteristics) in this species (the top image is a mature female, and bottom is a mature male). 

In addition to the coloration of the head (cephalothorax), that is different between sexes, the appearance of males is remarkable by a prominent conical comb of upright setae (long hairs) on the posterior half of the eyes, arising from a semicircular base that is absent in females, which gives the males a mohawk style.

The species occurs in Singapore and Indonesia

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Gavin Arachne | Locality: unknown  [Top - female] - [Bottom - male]

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Parectatosoma hystrix, very rare and stunning stick insect ;)

Fingers crossed i can get them breeding.


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