Sunday Quiz – A Moth Medley – The Answers

White ermine moth ( Spilosoma lubricipeda)

Dear Readers, there are some splendid results from this week’s quiz, with Fran and Bobby Freelove, Leo Smith and OKthislooksbad all getting a handsome 15 out of 15, and with Alittlebitoutoffocus getting a respectable 11 out of 15. Welcome to our first-time posters, and thank you for taking part.

Dear Readers, let’s see how we got on with this little challenge. The answers are below. I hope you had fun! Deciding which moths to include certainly had me thinking about the variety of forms and habits of this fascinating group of insects. I could easily have found another fifteen to include, so sorry if I missed your favourites this time. And I managed to resist the urge to include a clothes moth.

Photo One by user B. Schoenmakers at waarneming.nl, a source of nature observations in the Netherlands. / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)

1)h) White plume moth (Pterophorus pentadactyla)

Photo Two by AJC1 from UK / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

2)a) Jersey tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria)

Photo Three by Rob Mitchell / CC0

3)k) Angle shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

Photo Four by Rob Mitchell / CC0

4)j) Box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis)

Photo Five by Yusuf Akgul / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

5)f) Hummingbird hawk moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)

Photo Six by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

6)d) Buff tip (Phalera bucephala)

Photo Seven by Nzhymenoptera / CC0

7)g) Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae)

Photo Eight by Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

8)c) Mint moth (Pyrausta aurata)

Photo Nine by By Lairich Rig, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13619082

9)o) Six-spot burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)

Photo Ten by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

10)i) Blood vein (Timandra comae)

Photo Eleven by Rob Mitchell / CC0

11)e) Red underwing ( Catocala nupta)

Photo Twelve by Rob Mitchell / CC0

12)n) Magpie moth (Abraxas grossulariata)

Photo Thirteen by Patrick Clement from West Midlands, England / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

13)b) Brimstone (Opisthograptis luteolata)

Photo Fourteen by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

14)m) Elephant hawk moth (Deilephila elpenor)

Photo Fifteen by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

15)l) Large emerald (Geometra papilionaria)

Photo Credits

Photo One by user B. Schoenmakers at waarneming.nl, a source of nature observations in the Netherlands. / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)

Photo Two by AJC1 from UK / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

Photo Three by Rob Mitchell / CC0

Photo Four by Rob Mitchell / CC0

Photo Five by Yusuf Akgul / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Photo Six by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

Photo Seven by Nzhymenoptera / CC0

Photo Eight by Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

Photo Nine by By Lairich Rig, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13619082

Photo Ten by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

Photo Eleven by Rob Mitchell / CC0

Photo Twelve by Rob Mitchell / CC0

Photo Thirteen by Patrick Clement from West Midlands, England / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

Photo Fourteen by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

Photo Fifteen by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

7 thoughts on “Sunday Quiz – A Moth Medley – The Answers

  1. Anne

    With hindsight I realise some of my guesses would have been correct – I would nonetheless have been at the bottom of your class! They have interesting names.

    Reply
    1. Bug Woman Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it, MIke! Be interested in your thoughts on the Foehn wind if you get it in your part of Switzerland (see today’s post 🙂 )

      Reply
    1. Bug Woman Post author

      You know, now that you’ve read the post you’ll probably start seeing moths everywhere – every time I do a post I start to see whatever I’ve written about in abundance.

      Reply
  2. Fran & Bobby Freelove

    We’re lucky to see several of these on our walks and quite a few in the gardens. We particularly like the White Plume moth, and only the day before your quiz we were photographing the Buff Tip caterpillar. We love moths there are so many varied colours and patterns, one we were pleased to be able to photograph was the Mother Shipton moth, it has the pattern of her face on it’s wings.

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    1. Bug Woman Post author

      I love moths – just disturbed a garden tiger in the garden, the flash of orange from its underwings gave me quite a shock, which I guess is what’s meant to happen. I also love plume moths, such strange little creatures!

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