Moth Monday: Small China-mark

Yet another moth with a very different common name in English compared to other languages. The common English name for Cataclysta lemnata is Small China-mark. I’m guessing that it has something to do with the colouration of this small, water-loving moth. In most other european languages the name of the moth refers to its favorite plant:… Continue reading Moth Monday: Small China-mark

Moth Monday: Setaceous Hebrew character

What’s in a name? When I went through my file with moth pictures and tried to determine this moth, I first found the Dutch name, Zwarte C-uil (literal translation “black C-owl”). For this blog, I looked up the English name, which is the Setaceous Hebrew Character. It is interesting that in both languages, the name refers… Continue reading Moth Monday: Setaceous Hebrew character

Moth Monday: Double-striped pug

This Moth Monday the spotlight is on the Double-striped pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata). Both the caterpillar and the fully developed moth caught my eye, however at the time of discovery I didn’t know that they were the same animal! Last year in August, I first encountered the caterpillar. It creeped on a garbage bag probably searching for… Continue reading Moth Monday: Double-striped pug