I found these largish moths flying around in my garden at dusk tonight - It was raining and it didn`t seem to bother them. As I watched one hovering by a bush (it must have been a male) he landed so I followed with my camera - heres what I found. I think it might be Moro maura from the pattern on the wing of the moth underneath in a sort of long triangle.
More photos attached.
I have a general question about Noctuids - and probably other familes. I have always thought that sex i.d with adult moths was easy but it seems that its not that easy. Are there any short cuts? The one about the attenae seems only to apply to some species.
Genital morphology is the only species-independent 100% reliable method.
Otherwise, the 'rules' (eg. feathery antennae for males) may apply to some but not all species/genera.
I think there's only one exception to that: if it is wingless (or brachypterous), it is female.
- How do you tell whether a butterfly or moth is a male or female?