I really must save up for a new insect book, having lost custody of the last one I bought. I have never replaced it and it’s getting rather frustrating when I can’t identify insects. It’s the first time I have spotted these moths and then happened to see two more. It must be their time.
Isn’t it beautiful? Look at the pretty pink wing tips. I only noticed the colour after viewing the photograph. Anyone know which moth this is?
This is one of the Emperor moths (family Saturniidae). Most moths in SA have not been identified or given names unfortunately so I cannot give you more information than that. The Mopane and Lunar moths belong to the same family and all are identified by the eye-spots on the wings. Most are medium to large in size and include the largest moths in the world. They are a colourful family and most are short lived. Thanks Joan! I looked them up on google images and none are as pretty as mine 🙂 I’m going to call her saturniidae slowvelder 🙂
And finally something I have been meaning to tell you – we have a second set of paradise flycatchers born this weekend. The parents broke down the old nest, disappeared for a day or two and then were back and rebuilt the nest in the exact same spot and started a new lot of eggs. You have seen so many pictures from the last lot so I promise – no more after this one. Three more babies…..