Endoclita (in Swift Moths)


25 Mar 2015 18:47:36
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Tatai Commune, Koh Kong Province, Cambodia
Added to iNaturalist
8 Jun 2019 13:44:08
Last updated
11 Jun 2019 19:12:35

Identifications and Comments

Identification by geechartier at 8 Jun 2019 13:44:11
Taxon: Endoclita [genus]
Identification by johngrehan at 8 Jun 2019 21:08:16
Taxon: Endoclita [genus]
Comment by johngrehan at 8 Jun 2019 21:11:12
This has a wing pattern sufficiently distinct to suggest that it is an unnamed species. If you are interested in that possibility and could obtain further specimens in the future I would be interested to describe it. I recently published a new species of Endoclita from the Philippines and have another paper out soon on new species from Laos and Thailand
Comment by geechartier at 9 Jun 2019 08:40:05
@johngrehan, at the moment I have no facilities for keeping specimens of lepidoptera. Also, I am pretty sure I have seen this only once. However, should the possibility arise to collect and send to you, I will.
Comment by johngrehan at 9 Jun 2019 22:14:57
@geechartier Many thanks. The process can be kept very simple, just pop the moth in a freezer, then wrap in some tissue paper and insert into a small container (cardboard box of some kind, even a cigarette box for example) then into a small parcel with surrounding padding of some kind. Also, just for your to keep an eye open for, there is a genus Palpifer that will be in your region. We recently named to new species from Malaysia and Laos respectively and the paper can be viewed at http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/pubs-online/pdf/op125.pdf Cheers, John
Comment by geechartier at 10 Jun 2019 19:06:33
@johngrehan There's the problem: I don't have a freezer or even a fridge. We use a cool box with ice blocks but not all the time. We don't even have enough power to run a fridge.
Comment by johngrehan at 11 Jun 2019 19:12:35
@geechartier That's certainly a major limitation. I suggest that you place the specimen in an envelope by first folding back the wings (like a butterfly at rest). This will immobilize the specimen so to prevent further damage. The moth should die within a few days. This might seem cruel, but ghost moths have no functional mouthparts and would die this way anyway unless eaten by a predator. If you have a cool box at the time the enveloped specimen could be placed in that as well. If envelopes are not to hand, you could make a paper triangle (by folding a squire of paper into a triangle and use overlapping edges to fold behind so as to make an envelope. If this is not familiar to you there are instructions on the web such as https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/401Book/default.php?page=advanced_collecting_equipment If you had anything like camphor or mothballs to hand they could be used also to kill the specimen more quickly, but once the moth is immobilized it is not a critical problem. Thank you for being willing to consider options under your local circumstances. John

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