Noctuid moth identifying features

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 ;).

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Very nice!
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.

(E.g. )

Ooops, missed that! I will try to correct it.

I did post it in my journal - 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.

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Fixed it - I believe. Between Windows Paint and basic text, it took me this long!

I think your journal post looks great. :D

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Thank you! I just want it to be used!

I just realised why the link was somewhat incorrect - here it is again.

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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 ;)

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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!

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