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Nov 9, 2013 9:15 AM

Insect and other wildlife from Madagascar 2013.

I have recently returned from a trip to Madagascar with a film student friend, who took many digital pictures and some films, of many insects and ther wildlife there, we need help identifying species, especially the moths we saw,

I am not sure if this is the right place to be for this,as we are talking about a lot of difficult material (to identify) and some very good quality photographs.

I was wondering if the museum would be interested in them for a future exhibition on Madagascar and its wildlife, perhaps ?

Can only attach avery small sample,as I am not sure how to attach a folder,or if this is indeed possible ? Plenty more if you are interested and can suggest how I can send them to you ?

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    Nov 9, 2013 9:48 AM (in response to Cajaman)
    Re: Insect and other wildlife from Madagascar 2013.

    You are of course correct in saying that this sort of material can be 'difficult' to ID.

    You obviously want a 'useful' ID, but what level of detail (sp. / ssp. / f. and male/female) or reliability, I can't discern.

    You have quite a lot of photos to ID.

    Reliable ID of many species requires more than one photo, to see specific discriminating characters.


    Because of those factors, I suggest you contact the Angela Marmont Centre directly, and take guidance from them. I must point out that, although the NaturePlus forum does cater for non-UK materials, its focus is the UK (hence the full title 'The Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity'). However, the NHM itself has staff with wider experience, and it may turn out that one/some of those folks can help you - either directly or by referring you to a local/domain expert.



    For now, quick comments on your photos:

    - mantis

    - hemipteran

    - mantis nymph

    - vespoid, probably vespid wasp

    - possible hemipteran


    You may be lucky and get good IDs from one of the many and varied experts that look-in on this forum.

    But if not, good luck.



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        Nov 9, 2013 4:14 PM (in response to Cajaman)
        Re: Insect and other wildlife from Madagascar 2013.

        Hi Mark,


        I applaud your aims and intentions.


        What you need is somebody like Jeremy Holloway, but for Madagascar.

        Jeremy has spent decades studying the moths of Borneo and Indonesia.

        He and I grew up on the same estate, but it has been a long time since we were in touch, so I don't have an email or other contact details for him.


        However, when you contact the NHM, if they can't find a suitable expect for Madagascar, ask them if they can find contact info for Jeremy Daniel Holloway. (You could also point out that Jeremy is a contributor to the NHM's HOSTS database.) With his network of contacts and long term research into moths, I feel he may be able to point you in a useful direction.


        FYI, some of his work on the moths of Borneo is online



        Best of luck,


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        • Mark, if you email me at we can discuss options there.


          Mike, if you do so also I will put you in touch with Jeremy, who is still a frequent visitor to the Lepidoptera section, a Scientific Associate in fact.

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          • Stuart, You're a gentleman, thank you // Mike

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