Elizabeth and I stayed at the AMAZING Alamo Inn B&B -- geared towards bird watchers and a magnificent place (and relatively inexpensive too). I asked the innkeeper if I could put up a moth light, and she told me that someone nearby is documenting the moths in the area! Sweet! I went and pestered them, hung out for about 4 hours talking nature and philosophy, and photographed lots and lots and lots of cool new moths and bugs. :)
Several of these I will study with the discover life moth guide:
Most of these moths and critters Chuck documented like a week earlier, so I'm using his calendar too. :) Thanks, Chuck!
Erebidae, Erebinae, Ophiusini
Tai Yeung Che, Lam Tsuen Valley, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Thyas coronata is a species of moth of the Noctuidae family.
*Female with black patch on fore wing and male with only the patch border on fore wing.
The caterpiller feed on Quisqualis indica also known as the Rangoon creeper or Drunken sailor
What an exciting night... As you can see from the blurriness of all of these pictures, I was so excited to iNat with some fellow naturalists -- I couldn't even hold my camera steady! :) It really was an awesome time.
Pretty much all of these have been observed by someone else in the same spot and time, but several of them are new for me... I'll work on the ID's for these organisms later on -- mostly by browsing the others that observed them! :)
Unlike the Bendisodes moths, this individual of Matigramma obscurior appears to be the same individual I'd photographed on the wall at the HQ of Santa Ana NWR the previous day. Compare to:
The Ophiusina are a subtribe of noctuoid moths. As such, they are placed in the tribe Catocalini of subfamily Catocalinae in the owlet moth family (Noctuidae). They do not seem to be very closely related to the Noctuinae – the core group of owlet moths – and in an alternate classification scheme, the Noctuidae are reduced in extent, and the present group is placed in a separate noctuoid family Erebidae and upranked to full tribe Ophiusini...