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I'm Jack. I'm a chilled out guy. I love bugs.
I study wildlife conservation in the UK. Love languages and travel. Ask me stuff if you so wish.


if you ever think my shorts are “too short” i want you to consider the following

  • they are called “shorts”
  • i look great

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Two different species of the same genus of Nolid Moths (Chloephorinae, Nolidae) stand shoulder-to-shoulder at the MV (mercury vapour) night light.
Titulcia meterythra on the left and Titulcia confictella on the right.

If I had naming rights to this genus of moths, it would be Mirror Moths. The white scaled areas of the wings are highly reflective…..
Q: Where do all these moths come from and why the white background?

I use a 125W Mercury Vapour lamp for attracting night-flying insects. I used to set this up on my apartment rooftop or balcony with a white sheet and the surrounding tiled or painted walls as a base.
I found this fairly limiting due to often small numbers of attendees and usually the same species. So now I have invested in a gasoline generator and take my gear into the bush strapped to the back of my trusty electric bike. 

The upside of this is an endless variety of species of all sizes, not only moths but from across the arthropod range; the downside is being totally overwhelmed by the sheer volume of insect life to the point where getting settled on the sheet is difficult due to a constant barrage of disturbances, disrupted fields of view for a clean photograph, and predation (an army of predatory wasps and mantids require employing your peripheral vision to be aware of your prize model potentially becoming dinner). Of course, other subjects might alight near the sheet on the ground or surrounding vegetation and they can be photographed there. 

(NB. I use the light only for photographing night-flying insects. I do not trap or collect specimens.) 

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

Lithobates palustris




Calling all people with 15 minutes to spare! 

I am conducting a study looking at the accuracy of visual identification of bongo antelope and my online survey has just gone live.  I understand this is a busy time of the year for all of us but would be forever indebted if you could take a few moments to complete the survey, which is accessible by clicking the link below.
It should not take up more than 15 minutes of your time and features nice pictures of a highly endangered and breathtakingly beautiful stripy, ginger antelope.
FYI my findings will be used to advise wild monitoring strategies in Kenya so it also has tangible conservation benefits.  Whoop!
Many thanks,
Gwili Gibbon
MSc in Conservation Biology
Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
University of Kent

Done! :) Tried my bestI don’t know if it will help your study or not, but the way I identified them was by the thickness of the cheek spots, how dim or pronounced the white nose-stripe was, the thickness and how curled the horns were, thickness and fading of stripes, any visible pock marks or scars, how far back the stripes went on their flanks, and any unique wiggles in their back stripes.

couldn’t get past second question due to gender restrictions. good luck

Hey! I’ve just been informed that an ‘other’ option has been added for those who don’t identify with binary genders. Hope that helps and thanks for letting us know!

Guys, if you have a few minutes then this is some worthwhile research that my friend is conducting. Please take a look and share it  :)