Moths of New Brunswick


Moths of New Brunswick

A group all about the moths of New Brunswick, and also the Maritimes. The variety of these night-flying (and sometimes day-flying) creatures is astounding, so post your images here and we'll get something going.

Location: Fredericton, NB
Members: 74
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

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Thyris maculata

Started by Jimmy Dee. Last reply by Stuart Tingley 9 hours ago. 2 Replies

I hereby request to renew my membership in the Thyris maculata club. This was seen at Meadow Brook, Route 730, Charlotte County, June 25, 2017.Spotted Thyris Moth - Thyris maculata - 6076Tony and Ken…Continue

Tags: jd17m, 6076, maculata, Moth, Thyris

An unusual looking Moth....June 24th 2017

Started by Nancy Mullin 12 hours ago. 0 Replies

This Moth hitched a ride indoors on my jacket, late at night.  It was very excited.  I thought it looked strange, so I put it in the refrigerator till morning.  It seemed to have problems staying on…Continue

Moths in Quarryville....June 24-26 2017

Started by Nancy Mullin. Last reply by Nancy Mullin 12 hours ago. 2 Replies

1. Synanthedon acerni - Maple Callus Borer - Hodges#2554  Joanne just got this one…Continue

Tags: Caripeta, piniata, Hodges#6763, Beauty, Oak

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Comment by Joanne Savage on December 15, 2015 at 6:26pm

Ha, ha Tony some of those [Latin/scientific] terms are already in our vocabulary!!! Glad here will be no 'exam' though!

Comment by Tony on December 15, 2015 at 6:21pm

There is an outline of how to prepare moth genitalia with some (poor, blurry) photos naming the parts. It may be useful - certainly not worth remembering the names; they will not be on the end of the year exam (for Nancy & Joanne).

Comment by Martin Turgeon on September 22, 2015 at 11:19am

agonopterix atrodorsella

Comment by Martin Turgeon on September 22, 2015 at 11:16am

here some Agonopterix  and a nice one the last two 1458 Mompha unifasciella & 5466 Vaxi critica the other 889 Agonopterix argillacea,916 Semioscopis aurella,922 Depressaria pastinacella,867 Agonopterix pulvipennella

I will redo photo if needed but some not in super shape

Comment by Tony on September 21, 2015 at 11:39am

Chris: i had to leave them as they are not mine; work paid for by the Federal Government; I doubt that anyone can legally 'take them'.

Comment by Chris Adam on September 21, 2015 at 11:35am

By the way, did you guys know that there is a page at MPG called Nelson Poirier's Moths of New Brunswick? Not very extensive, but a start, anyway. HERE.

Comment by Chris Adam on September 21, 2015 at 11:31am

They're probably still there, Tony. I was there last summer, and there were many boxes of specimens just lying around. Jon Sweeney or Reggie might know. Maybe he will give them to you.

Comment by Tony on September 21, 2015 at 11:22am
They were left in the CFS lab where all the insect species are/were kept (the old FIDS lab.
Comment by Chris Adam on September 21, 2015 at 11:01am

Where are they now, Tony? Surely some were kept. The NB Museum?

Comment by Tony on September 21, 2015 at 10:10am

I would like to have a good clear image of every NB Micro (live moths) + a similar clear image of its genitalia.
Obviously impossible, for me, but for starters I would like to concentrate on species that are difficult to positively ID and that are variable; species in the genera Acleris and Agonopterix immediately come to mind.
There are images of micros on MPG and there are some images of genitalia; but I believe it's important to link a specific moth with its specific apparatus.
Also sadly lacking on MPG for the moth images are the actual dates and location of the specimens; some of the genitalia images have data.

For the macros, seems only worth doing for difficult groups and for rare NB species (new, or perhaps less than 6 individuals known from NB). With good images it may not be necessary to actually retain the specimen.

The ideal situation is to be seen in "The Moths of America North of Mexico" series of books (unfortunately far from complete):
keys to species, descriptive text, distribution maps, coloured images of spread moths showing the whole range of variation, full data for each image; photos of male and female genitalia with full data.
My only quibble is that the genitalia images are too small, 4mm wide for the male Plusiinae.

Genitalia of a Sensitive Fern Borer would be useful as a reference; an adult in good condition is easy to ID, but a worn individual could be confused with a Bracken Borer but the genitalia should be able to separate the 2. With the Borer and the Leaftier the primary need is to be able to link the images of the genitalia with a good clear image of the live actual moths.
I know I have both species (spread) and can make genitalia preps
but am not sure if I have an image of the actual live moth to link to the dissection.

When I did my biodiversity research it was necessary to ID every moth, regardless of condition. As you can image, on a good night with maybe 1,000 moths in a trap + few boisterous beetles, some of the moths looked a tad worn. Bottom line was that I had to do an awful lot of dissections to get ID's. When I retired (13 years ago) I had to leave all these thousands of dissections.
Now I have to start again!


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