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What type of insect is this?

Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed May 26, 2010 1:36 am

This insect was visiting the flowers on my Wrightii Religiousa tonight. Red wings and a blue and black body with several white dots.


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Re: What type of insect is this?

Post  JimLewis on Wed May 26, 2010 2:24 am

Rob, I do not find it in any of my "pests" books, so it's probably a friendly bug.

I'd say it's a moth of some sort.

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Re: What type of insect is this?

Post  popan vasile on Wed May 26, 2010 4:30 am

Hello ...
I'm pretty sure that is a butterfly, is a form of mimicry, if I'm not mistaken is a Zyganaidae. I apologize if wrong. Smile

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Re: What type of insect is this?

Post  Kev Bailey on Wed May 26, 2010 10:15 am

Looks like a species of Burnet Moth to me. There's a similar one here http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/family/Zygaenidae but there are about 1000 of them!

Oh Popan, I just noticed that is the species you mentioned. Very Happy They are moths, not butterflies.

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Re: What type of insect is this?

Post  JimLewis on Wed May 26, 2010 2:53 pm

So their caterpillars may damage some kinds of plants, but the adult moths wold be pollinators. Chances are that bonsai species are NOT their food of choice as caterpillars.

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Re : What type of insect is this ?

Post  Bob Brunt on Wed May 26, 2010 3:18 pm

If it is like our Burnet Moth which is a day flying moth..The caterpillars feed on ragwort ...a weed that grows on road verges and building sites...etc.

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Re: What type of insect is this?

Post  popan vasile on Wed May 26, 2010 3:53 pm

Thanks Kev for clarification, is not really a butterfly. But even I recognized species belongs,sory, familii Very Happy . More than 20 years we had an impressive collection Lepidoptera, now is donated to the school where my daughter walked.

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Re : What type of insect is this ?

Post  Guest on Wed May 26, 2010 6:21 pm

Bob Brunt wrote:If it is like our Burnet Moth which is a day flying moth..The caterpillars feed on ragwort ...a weed that grows on road verges and building sites...etc.
I thought it was the Cinnabar moth that fed on Ragwort?

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Re : What type of insect is this?

Post  Bob Brunt on Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:31 pm

Spot on Will..I should have looked it up before posting.... sunny

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