Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s batch of photos comes from Tony Eales in Australia, and they are lovely moths. His caption is brief, and the IDs came as photo captions, which I add to the post.

I went up into the mountains for a couple of days because. . . well restrictions have been lifted and we felt like getting out of town. The cabin was right next to rainforest and had an outdoor light so lots of interesting moths. I photographed close to 80 species over two nights. These are some of the highlights.

Acrocercops sp.:

Aelochroma viridicata:

Agathia prasinaspis:

Calyptra minuticornis: [JAC: clearly a leaf mimic!]

Clytoscopa iorrhoda:

Comostola laesiria:

Eudocima salaminia:

Onycodes rubra

Orgyia australis:

Scardamia chrysolina:


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 17, 2020 at 8:19 am | Permalink


  2. Dee
    Posted June 17, 2020 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Wow, those are beautiful.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted June 17, 2020 at 9:47 am | Permalink


  3. Posted June 17, 2020 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Wow, thank you. I’m always amazed what a longer season and some warmth do to the colors of fauna.

    • paul Doerder
      Posted June 17, 2020 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

      Nice diversity. Mothing is a great way to spend a night outdoors, with new species almost every hour.

  4. rickflick
    Posted June 17, 2020 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Talk about diversity!

  5. Posted June 17, 2020 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Those are terrific pictures of beautiful moths! Very well done, Tony!

  6. Posted June 17, 2020 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Am I the only one who sees the face of Chewbacca on the back of the Eudocima salaminia?

  7. Ruthann L. Richards
    Posted June 17, 2020 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    What fabulous moth photos! I always love nature photos of all kinds from around the world, as they give us an inkling of the natural diversity on this planet.

  8. Posted June 17, 2020 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    OMG. This did set my heart aflutter, Tony! Spectacular photos on a very fruitful outing.

  9. Posted June 17, 2020 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Whoa! And, oooh, shiny! (Acrocercops sp.)

  10. Posted June 18, 2020 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    There are fantastic, mate! The insect pics are always the best in these pages IMHO. And Oz has some insects that should be Hollywood celebs. MAINLY out of QLD I notice (I grew up in Melbourne where the insects aren’t as spectacular). I guess it is those rainforests you’re lucky enough to have.
    I wouldn’t mind retiring to QLD (rather than the default Florida b/c it is insane).
    D.A., NYC

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