Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Moth that Hangs Out in Daylight and How We Gotterdun

Nyctemera adversata



This one had me going, for awhile, because, I thought it was a butterfly.

A few of the English names are Tiger Moth and White Marbled Moth. 

Locally: Monshiromodoki (モンシロモドキ) is what they're called.

moth, shisa plant

The critter was out back on my neighbor's Shiso plant.

It didn't seem to be eating the stuff so, I figure it may have been depositing eggs.

It  didn't appreciate having its portrait taken and, flew off.

moth, side view

It landed on a Mugwort plant and, I got one more shot of it.

Identification Didn't Take Long 



Okinawa Yanbaru Field Guide ISBN978-4-408-32351-0 gave the Japanese name.

What I do, is use a handy Japanese keyboard to type the characters.

It would crack you up, if you could see me trying to type Japanese.

It takes me about an hour, just to punch in 100 words in English.

And, that's when I'm using both of my typing fingers, at full speed.

Life Would Be Rough Without Email 


Once all the information (in Japanese) looks presentable, I email it to myself.

That way, I have created a document, I won't lose.

Er, I might get stuck, doing the typing all over, again.

The email, gets sent from one computer to another one, sitting right next to it.

Sometimes, it takes 5 minutes to arrive so, I take a break and stretch with my smokes.

Do you suppose the government reads the stuff ?

Rumors Float Around Saying Governments Spy on Each Other


They may be interested in where I traveled online today and what I've been up to.

First, I copied and pasted my Japanese writing into a search engine.

 YahooJP works for me but, that Chinese Bauidu is used, sometimes, too.

What we're trying to come up with, is a scientific (Latin) name.

The Latin term, is always in English letters.

Wikipedia in English or, Japanese works for finding Latin names and photos.

But, it's always best to verify, anything that came from a Wiki.

The Wiki folks gave me Nyctemera adversata 

So, I thank them and run with it.

From the Government of Hong Kong in Frame #98 Tiger Moth showed up. 

Over at Macau University, I got a look at four more photos of this moth.

SAMUIBUTTERFLIES confirmed we have a Tiger Moth here via Moths of Thailand.

The JP Moth Org gave several photos but, no English.

One of my favorite sources was back in Hong Kong. It showed the caterpillars, too.

It's Good to Know What the Baby Moths Look Like


Suppose, that moth was depositing eggs on my neighbor's plants so, they could eat them.

Luckily, I made that document and emailed it to myself.

If I see those little critters eating the vegetables, I'll tell my neighbor.

And, I can pull up the caterpillar's pictures for her to see.

Then, she can go out in the garden and squish them !

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