Readers’ wildlife photos

Take a break from looking for colored eggs and look at some wildlife photos. Today’s lovely batch of insects comes from reader Tony Eales in Australia, where Easter is already over.  The photos are from Borneo, and Tony’s notes are indented:

The last of the Borneo shots. One Ephemeropteran i.e. a mayfly, there were thousands every night attracted by the lights of the field centre. And the rest are Lepidopterans.  Here’s the mayfly:

A rather tattered large moth which I think is Amblychia sp. We saw a couple of these moths; this one had landed on the leg of my shorts.


Next an impressive Hawk Moth from the family Sphingidae, which I’m pretty sure is Ambulyx pryeri.

Next is a moth that I’ve tentatively IDed as Hypochrosis sp. In the family Geometridae aka Loopers…But I could be way off base.

I’m very sure of the family of this caterpillar which is from the Cup Moth family Limacodidae. They have some of the most spectacular and bizarre larvae in all the insect world.

We also found one of the large beautiful Tropical Swallow-tailed Moths, Lyssa sp. The different species are fairly similar looking but this is probably the common one, Lyssa zampa.

I’m completely stumped with this next moth, I suspect it’s in the family Notodontidae but really that’s a stab in the dark. Large and beautiful cryptic patterning.

And finally the king of Bornean butterflies Raja Brooke’s Birdwing, Trogonoptera brookiana, seen here on the photographer’s face.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted April 21, 2019 at 7:35 am | Permalink


  2. Debbie Coplan
    Posted April 21, 2019 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Lovely photos! Some bizarre and gorgeous creatures, especially that Limacocidae. The structure and color are so strange.
    I love Raja Brooke’s Birdwing.
    Thank you!

  3. Posted April 21, 2019 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! I really enjoyed that with my morning coffee.

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted April 21, 2019 at 10:29 am | Permalink


  4. bewilderbeast
    Posted April 21, 2019 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Wonderful! Thank you!

  5. Posted April 21, 2019 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Very unusual set of insects; love the birdwing on your face! It’s sort of a badge of honor in the field—usually the stinkiest person is the one the butterflies land on.

  6. Posted April 21, 2019 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Excellent set! The mayfly has gorgeous eyes.

  7. rickflick
    Posted April 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Wow. A wonderful show. Thanks for posting.
    It’s as if someone designed these wee beasties for our pleasure and enjoyment. 😎

  8. W.Benson
    Posted April 21, 2019 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    The caterpillar in the middle photo can give a nasty sting. It belongs to one of the very few lepidoptera families with stinging hairs.

  9. Posted April 21, 2019 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous and fascinating, thanks. Ephemeropteran – I didn’t know that name for mayflies, but how appropriate.

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