Entomological Loan the Second

I have been fortunate to meet Ken Walker, Senior Curator of Entomology at the Melbourne Museum. He welcomed me into the insect vaults at the museum, and as in Oxford, I was able to take my pick of insects.  I’ve decided to focus on moths for now, as I love ’em – they are less obvious than butterflies, more subtle..   And as I was looking through a few of the thousands of drawers down there I got the idea for what I’ll be working on for the foreseeable future – so I’m glad that there are an awful lot of drawers – although I’d also love to see these guys in the wild – turns out I’m living in the wrong state – I need to relocate to Queensland – however, these are going to do me for now – these are all Australian, and some are local:

Melb-Mus-MothsThen the next day I found this lovely specimen in the window of the bookshop where I work:

Bookshop-MothIt’s called the “Old Lady Moth” apparently – Why?! – with thanks to another very helpful guy, Peter Marriott at The Entomological Society of Victoria; he’s also identified all the moths in the first picture for me.