The balcony observer's 312th report- A night shift staff isn't working (Haritalodes sp.) 野螟蛾不上工

by Tsao T-F May. 22, 2021 157 views

We know that the pollination of flowering plants depends on bees and butterflies. But what to do after dark? Should we rely on night shift moths?

我們知道,開花植物的授粉依賴蜜蜂和蝴蝶。可是天黑後怎麼辦呢?我們應該靠值夜班的蛾嗎?

At night a moth stayed on the leaf of yangmei (Myrica rubra) on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 晚上一隻蛾停在陽台上楊梅的葉子上。

At night a moth stayed on the leaf of yangmei (Myrica rubra) on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 晚上一隻蛾停在陽台上楊梅的葉子上。

According to the pattern of the wings, I think it is Haritalodes sp. 根據翅膀的花紋,我認為牠是野螟蛾。

According to the pattern of the wings, I think it is Haritalodes sp. 根據翅膀的花紋,我認為牠是野螟蛾。

In terms of classification, although Haritalodes sp. belongs to the family Crambidae of the Order Lepidoptera, when they rest on the leaf surface, their wings are spread out and are very conspicuous. 在分類上,野螟蛾(Haritalodes sp.)雖然屬於鱗翅目(Order Lepidoptera)的草螟科(family Crambidae),但是當牠們停留在葉面上休息時,翅膀是展開的,非常顯眼

In terms of classification, although Haritalodes sp. belongs to the family Crambidae of the Order Lepidoptera, when they rest on the leaf surface, their wings are spread out and are very conspicuous. 在分類上,野螟蛾(Haritalodes sp.)雖然屬於鱗翅目(Order Lepidoptera)的草螟科(family Crambidae),但是當牠們停留在葉面上休息時,翅膀是展開的,非常顯眼

Note: In contrast, when on a grass stem, the wings of grass moths (eg, Gargela renatusalis, Mesolia bipunctella, Ancylolomia japonica, Crambus narcissus, etc) that belong to the family Crambidae / the subfamily Crambinae are folded and overlapped, which is relatively inconspicuous.

註:相較之下,草螟科(family Crambidae)旗下草螟亞科(subfamily Crambinae)的成員--草螟蛾(grass moth)們(例如:Gargela renatusalis, Mesolia bipunctella, Ancylolomia japonica, Crambus narcissus, 等等)停在草莖上時,翅膀是合攏交疊的,比較不起眼。

The little guy stretched its wings, like a very energetic mini aircraft, ready to take off. 小傢伙挺著翅膀,像是一架很有精神的迷你飛機,準備起飛。

The little guy stretched its wings, like a very energetic mini aircraft, ready to take off. 小傢伙挺著翅膀,像是一架很有精神的迷你飛機,準備起飛。

I originally expected it to collect honey. I waited for a long time, it just rotated its radar (antennae), but its wings did not move. 我原本期待牠去採蜜。可是我等了很久,牠只是旋轉牠的雷達(觸角),但是翅膀都沒動。

I originally expected it to collect honey. I waited for a long time, it just rotated its radar (antennae), but its wings did not move. 我原本期待牠去採蜜。可是我等了很久,牠只是旋轉牠的雷達(觸角),但是翅膀都沒動。

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Yokai - 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Great close-up photos!  And your proper description makes them more attractive.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Yokai - 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the comment. Glad you like the description.grinning

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