I realised a week or so ago that many people may not know what I’m talking about when I describe moth characteristics. A person who largely identifies birds, say, may not know what a reniform spot is on a moth. I made up this little visual guide to the most frequently used moth characteristics. It does not include genitalia.
apart from the typo on antemedial line… a good summation of characters :)
Looks very useful!
Thanks for the upload - will hopefully help me when I try to identify moths ;).
Perhaps you could upload that picture into an iNat journal post (with or without accompanying text), so people could refer to it there as well.
Ooops, missed that! I will try to correct it.
I did post it in my journal - https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/mamestraconfigurata. Although it does not look like your example. Any advice on how to make more of an impact on the journal? Thought it would also benefit being added here.
Fixed it - I believe. Between Windows Paint and basic text, it took me this long!
I think your journal post looks great. :D
Thank you! I just want it to be used!
I just realised why the link was somewhat incorrect - here it is again. https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/mamestraconfigurata/28714-moth-wing-features
Ahem newbie here. Is there a way to bookmark the journal entry somehow - apart from bookmarking this post of course…
Ps- amazing job. I’ll check if your journal also includes tips for IDs ;)
I really don’t know. I could put a reference into every new ID, but that seems a little self serving and degrading to those who know what the markings are. I have been thinking about writing some ID tips, but none on there now. One of them would be a rough guide to identifying beaten up moths. Actually, I’ll get on that now!
I’ve added two more identification guides to my journal (using the Smithsonian open access images) - Mythimna unipuncta & Agrotis ipsilon.
Both are common in North America, both tend to be improperly identified, and both are hard to describe.
I realised I didn’t really answer your question - I suppose if you went to the journal post and added it to favorites? I’m using a windows based PC, and don’t know how things work on other platforms.
Ooooh, this is helpful. I’ve printed it out and posted it over my desk so that as mothing season starts, I can refer to it on a regular basis. I knew the spot names and a few of the others but not all of them. Thank you for sharing this!
Another one, Feltia jaculifera.