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Fifty Species GOOOOOAL!

So a few days ago, at the end of April, I actually achieved my goal of finding fifty new species in the garden this year.

You can read all about it here, if you are so inclined.

The problem I find is that it's hard to stop. I am still out taking photos of moths. I still want to know What Is That Thing There?

So my new goal is to hit 300 species this year. I was at 279 when I made 50 species, so that's a perfectly doable goal (and should I attain it in a month or two, maybe I'll aim at a hundred for the year or something...)

Since you probably don't need every single species, I'll limit myself to a few highlights...

#50 was Hypsoropha monilis Large Necklace Moth

(It has white spots!)

#52 Probole alienaria Alien Probole

They're messing with us with these names.

#54 Dyspteris abortivaria   The Bad-wing

Apparently this little green moth got this name because it's hard to spread the lower set of wings if you're trying to put the sucker on a pin for ID purposes. I feel there is an element of victim blaming going on here, but it's a great name.

#55 Zale horrida Horrid Zale

It's a navy-blue moth with a wavy brown edge. I do not know what is so horrid about it.

#56 Leuconycta diphteroides Green Leuconycta

This one's actually gorgeous.


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Moth names are just delightful.


And I don't know what's so horrid about that one either, unless it's larger than my two hands put together or something.

Maybe the person who chose the name felt he had to name it after his professor or something (hence the Zale part), and the name was really a passive-aggressive way of saying that Professor Zale was horrid, not the moth. Although in that case I'm not sure how he could have explained the adjective to Zale without the latter figuring out what was really going on, unless Zale was extraordinarily gullible, pompous, and/or stupid. Perhaps it's supposed to be horrid as in spine-tingling or terrifying, which I suppose a pale green moth could be if it suddenly flitted at you in the moonlight.

But surely the word you're looking for in that situation is "awesome" unless that's just me.

I think I can die happy knowing that somewhere in the world is a moth named the Alien Probole.

They are glorious moths, wonder why they are mostly green ones this time. Do the variety vary from week to week or are you just listing the new ones and the old ones are still visiting?

Off topic but I got my copy of Digger this week and it is utterly amazing :D

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