You caught a moth? I was wandering around town for AGES on saturday, looking for one! It was a clear night as well... Oh yes, I've also seen three orchid mantids, but I ran over two of them and missed the other... (cries). Dab 18:50, 4 May 2009 (UTC)
The sky in my town is partially cloudy, that may have something to do with it? Hopefully you don't have to be playing Hide-and-seek to find them :P Oh yes, I heard something about the orchid mantis being around. Annoyingly though, I haven't seen one because I keep walking into the flowers and notice a buzz but it's too alte to notice what just disappeared :P MerrytonRyan 18:55, 4 May 2009 (UTC)
Yes, same here. They seem to be getting more common though, I didn't see a single one in April. Dab 19:11, 4 May 2009 (UTC)
- What sort of moth do you think this is? It's got quite a distinct pattern, but the closest I can find is an apple moth. It's a common one in the UK though, I see them all the time, though not at 80mm (8cm) which is a bit huge :P MerrytonRyan 19:21, 4 May 2009 (UTC)
You've just written down that's it's 6 cm, though...! Dab 19:26, 4 May 2009 (UTC)
- Ignore the 80mm in that message, it's correct in the article :P MerrytonRyan 19:29, 4 May 2009 (UTC)
I suspect like all of the species in AC (excluding the Birdwing which is probably the only insect not found in Japan; the "Emperor" butterfly is the "new" Purple Butterfly and I count this out as a mistake) this particular moth is a Japanese species. I will see if I can find its identity for you. If I could find the Walker's Cicada ID then I can find this....
I also believe that this is in the family Saturniidae. The shape and eyespots are very characteristic of this group. (Note Saturniidae is the Silk/ Emperor Moth family). Seems very distinctive so all it comes down to is hoping this species is represented on the internet.
Taliseth 03:34, September 21, 2011 (UTC)
Found it. This moth appears to be a cartoonisation of Saturnia japonica.
Taliseth 03:40, September 21, 2011 (UTC)
Cartoonishness aside, this looks more like a Calligula sp.
If anyone wants to take a look, see this website: http://www.jpmoth.org/~dmoth/Digital_Moths_of_Asia/67_Saturniidae/framepage%20Saturniidae.html
The genus starts at #59. I believe it is #62 Calligula simila (looking like a better option than Saturnia japonica). May take some more research...will check this out further tommorow.
Taliseth 03:47, September 21, 2011 (UTC)
for me as i have a insects of japan book,it could be a aglia japonica