From the daily archives: "Saturday, December 21, 2013"

Subject: Madagascar weevils
Location: Madagascar
December 20, 2013 8:51 am
Hi Daniel.
I thought you might enjoy this selection of weevils from Madagascar.
Signature: David

Mating Weevils

Mating Weevils

Hi David,
Thanks for sending in this medley of Weevils from Madagascar, including a mating pair.  We are not going to attempt species identifications at this time.

Weevil

Weevil

Weevil

Weevil

 

Subject: Centipede in Zimbabwe
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
December 20, 2013 9:44 pm
I found this centipede in my garden. I’ve only been in the country 3 weeks. I’d really love to know what kind this is.
Signature: Anthony

Tropical Centipede

Tropical Centipede

Hi again Anthony,
This is a Tropical Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha, but it might be difficult to determine a species identification.  Large individuals can deliver a painful bite, and the venom may produce a local reaction, so the should be handled with extreme caution.  The markings on this individual are not too dissimilar from the markings on this Namibian Centipede from our archives.

Subject: Butterfly or Moth?
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
December 20, 2013 9:50 pm
This thing was huge next to my daughter and its antennae looked like bright orange pipe cleaners! What is it?
Signature: Anthony

Large Eyed Emperor Moth

Large Eyed Emperor Moth

Dear Anthony,
This is a very bedraggled male Giant Silkworm Moth.  Whenever we are presented with a photo of a Giant Silkworm Moth or Saturniid Moth that we do not recognize, we turn to the World’s Largest Saturniidae Site, a website with a private membership, to attempt an identification.  We found your moth identified as the Large Eyed Emperor Moth, 
Gonimbrasia (Nudaurelia) macrothyris (Rothshild, 1906) Bunaea.  Armed with a name, we scoured the internet for additional images we could link to, and we found images of mounted specimens of Nudaurelia macrothyris on several websites, including African Moths, Bold Systems Taxonomy Browser and Lepidoptera Barcode of Life.  It is curious that this species has a common name in English, yet there is a noticeable dearth of images available online.  We wonder if it is considered a rarity.  We are going to copy Bill Oehlke to see if he is able to provide any additional information.  

Hi  Daniel,
I do not think Gonimbrasia (Nudaurelia) macrothyris is rare. This particular specimen is quite dark in the forewing median area and may be a subspecies or closely related species if it is not macrothyris.
It is fairly widespread in the southern half of Africa.
Bill Oehlke