Insects

Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)

Atlas Moth (Attacus Atlas)

The atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is an Asian moth belonging to the family Saturniidae. The name atlas moth is probably derived from Greek mythology, after the titan god Atlas who was forced to hold the sky on his shoulders. The moth’s Cantonese translation means “snake’s head moth” which is most likely because of the markings …

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A pretty Comma Butterfly, Polygonia c-album, resting on stinging nettles

Comma (Polygonia C-Album)

The comma butterfly (scientific name Polygonia c-album) is a common and widespread butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is also known as the comma, black comma butterfly, or simply comma, which it takes from its distinctive appearance. There are many variations of this species, and they have been divided into subspecies (meaning that they vary …

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Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)

Common Blue (Polyommatus Icarus)

There are many different species of blue butterfly all around the world, such as the silver studded blue, holly blue, chalkhill blue, adonis blue, and small blue butterfly. All of which have a strikingly similar appearance. However, in this article, we will discuss the most common of them all, which is aptly named the common …

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Hoverfly

Hoverfly (Syrphidae)

Hoverflies go by many other names, such as flower flies, syrphid flies, and drone flies. They make up the insect family Syrphidae and belong to the order Diptera (true flies). Hoverflies are an extremely common species; in total, there are about 2000 species of hoverflies worldwide of which 182 species have been recorded in Australia …

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Crane flies are flies in the family Tipulidae

Crane Fly (Tipula Paludosa)

The crane fly (tipula paludosa) is a large insect belonging to the Tipulidae family (which contains many families of parasitic insects) and order Diptera. They go by many different names, such as the shovel fly, mosquito hawks, and more commonly in the UK daddy longlegs. These flies are generally harmless to humans, although they can …

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Peacock butterfly

Peacock Butterfly (Inachis Io)

Hailing from Argentina and Bolivia, the peacock butterfly (inachis io) is an iridescent jewel of nature. It is the only member of the genus known as Marpesia in the family Nymphalidae, and it’s easy to see why when you take a closer look. Often mistaken for a moth, the peacock butterfly has an opalescent green-blue colour …

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