Comments on the site are welcome. I am especially happy to receive any suggestions on identification- you will be rewarded with my eternal gratitude and an acknowledgement on the website.

As I am not an entomologist it is most unlikely I can identify anything that isn’t already on the site.

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Tharanga Aluthwattha June 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm


I’m Tharanga involve in Lepidoptera research in Sri Lanka. Your contribution as a single person is unbelievable. This new site is easy to navigate. Can I use some of your photographs of Moths in my scientific publications (articles) with full acknowledgement?

Keep up your good work.


admin June 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Thanks, Tharanga. You are welcome to use pictures you download from the website.

David Ilett June 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I live in Phuket, yesterday I found a very large red insect on one of my lounge chairs. It was 7 or 8 cm in length, around 4 cm in width and 2 cm high. Its upper body was in three main segments and matt red in colour. I believe it was a flying insect because it had gone after a couple of minutes, although there were no obvious wings to see when looking at the insect. I have looked through the photos on your website but cannot find anything that matches its description. I have been living in Phuket for over a year now and have ever seen or even heard of a similar insect. However, I cannot believe that a insect of such significant size can be completely unknown. I do have a couple of digital photos which I took and would be happy to post here if you would like; please let me know how to post or email the photos. I would be most interested to know the identity of this insect and whether or not it is dangerous.

Jeff Kindschuh June 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Hi, my name is Jeff Kindschuh and I’m a US Peace Corps Volunteer living in Khemmarat, in the province of Ubon Ratchathani. I’m most impressed by your site and photography, and will no doubt use it as a reference for the duration of my service. I’m hoping to incorporate insects into teaching English, with a focus on nature and conservation. I’m wondering if you have any experience or advice on the subject of insect husbandry here in Thailand. I’m also very interested in the butterflies of SE Asia, and am considering some sort of ranching/farming project in an effort to slow deforestation in my community. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps I could contribute photos for a “Butterflies/Insects of Issan” page.

admin June 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Jeff, thanks for your comment. I really know nothing about rearing insects. There are several books on the subject in the shops (in Thai) and you could see if the folks at the Siam Insect zoo (link on my home page) can help. If you can send me some stuff when you have anything of interest, I’ll work out how best to fit it on the site. Best of luck with your projects.

David Young July 9, 2010 at 5:26 am

thank you for your excellent site. Tharanga Aluthwattha from Sri Lanka puts it well about the unbelievable single person contribution. It will be invaluable on a my planned Thailand trip. I only wish there was an equivalent Indian site, where I have recently started as an amateur butterfly chaser.

Could anonymous skipper 2 be Throressa astigmata The Southern Spotted Ace, which I see in India?

Thank you again,


admin July 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Thanks, David. According to the books, Thoressa astigmata isn’t found in Thailand so it remains hard to place as I didn’t see the upper side. Best of luck with your chasing.

George Dvorsky August 7, 2010 at 4:53 am

Thanks for the excellent site. However, I would welcome the chance to search, for example, by names of species. It would help when just checking my identification with your images.

admin August 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm

George- thanks for the comment. It’s a good suggestion and I’ll look into it.

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Will Robinson October 19, 2010 at 3:21 am

I’m an entomologist working on honey bees in Mae Hong Son. Really enjoy your website. Recently was visited by a moth that is splashy gray and orange in flight, but lands and curls head downward to form an incredible–I mean incredible–mimic of a bat. I am thinking this may be new to science, as I’ve studied mimicry a fair amount and have never encountered it. But first: have you heard of this moth or seen it, know what it is? Please respond to my email address.

admin October 21, 2010 at 6:04 pm

replied by email. No idea.

Nick MILSUM October 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Hi. I looked at and admired your web site some 12 months ago. I think I found out your name was John Moore – is that correct. I tried to contact you but emails kept bouncing back to me unsent. Anyway I am a mad keen insect photographer from New Zealand (via England). I have no real scientific interest in insects but I see them of things of beauty and I get a kick out of searching for them and stalking them and getting close. Unfortunately there are not a lot of insects in N.Z. and the season for finding them is short. I went a trip to Ecuador earlier this year. I could only go with a bird photography tour. No one else was interested in bugs. It was great but it would have been better had I been on my own to do my own thing. When I tried to contact you last year I wanted to ask you what is the best time of the year for bug photography in Thailand and where is the best places to go. Do you know if there are any tours that cater for insect mad photographers. I would apapreciate any advice you could give. Regards Nick Milsum.

admin October 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Nick- thanks for your comments. I gave your email to a friend in Wang Chin (a great place for insects) as she is the only person here to organise insect tours (and I can thoroughly recommend them). As regards the time of year, the rainy deason is best, May to October but at any time of year you can find things around. I only know the places in the north- I would suggest the Chiang Dao area and the Chae Son National Park. Wang Chin is well known as many of the insects caught for the trade come from there. Hope this helps.

Adrian Palmer November 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm


I run an environmental education centre, located in a community forest just one hours drive east of Chiang Mai. We are at the entrance to the Mae Lai community forest area who are partnered with us, and can access into Jae Sawn National Park that borders our forest.
My focus is largely running educational courses for school and university groups, but we also offer ecotourist facilities and can help with local trips – we can supply local guides. We are just setting up as a dedicated research facility and have just finished building a laboratory facility. We have entomological equipment such as sweep nets, butterfly nets, pooters, a light trap, UV and white sheets, pit traps, beating trays (Lanna Thai design!), FBA standard freshwater nets, etc. We also have microscopes and stereo microscopes in the lab for viewing. I spent two weeks at Songkran with friends who are also enthusiasts and good macro photographers and I am currently going through the images that are posted on our website. Any help would be appreciated, they are in need of sorting and identifying. Also, I am organising a baseline survey of all of our invertebrates and anyone that has relevant experience and can help me with this sometime (most likely in May/June in 2011 would be offered board and lodging during the survey. Please email if interested, thanks.

admin November 17, 2010 at 6:43 am

Adrian- thanks for letting me know about this interesting project. I look forward to seeing the pictures on your website- one day I’d love to visit the centre.

Roland Breithaupt November 22, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Hi John,
I just looked through the Notodontidae searching IDs for my pictures. – I saw two errors there:
The unknown moth is a Euteliinae, Anuga constricta
All those described as Periergos sp like
are Psychidae, Eumeta sp. most likely Eumeta variegata


admin November 23, 2010 at 2:55 am

Many thanks, Roland. I need to overhaul a few pages and I’ll make the corrections.

Tim December 8, 2010 at 7:37 am

Hi Thai bugs I saw your great collection of links here:

I wanted to notify you about an educational resource antARK It is located here:

If you think that this resource would be useful for your website users, would you mind adding a link to the appropriate pages.
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admin December 13, 2010 at 6:47 am

Excellent site. I’ll add a link.

Arp December 14, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hi John,

Thank you very much for the great website, it’s been very helpful in making headway on some IDs of images from Indonesia.

As for your (unidentified) Ladybirds, have a look at these:
Cheilomenes sexmaculata (Fabricius)
Menochilus sexmaculatus (Fabricius)
(even contemporary authors seem to disagree on the genus name – I haven’t a definite answer)
Coelophora saucia (Mulsant) ?? or is it biplagiata?

Bothrocalvia albolineata (Gyllenhal) ?
On this one I have some doubts:
You have named it “Lemnia biplagiata (Schwartz, 1808)” – should be Swartz without the “ch”, but more importantly I don’t think it is that species. The one that Dr. J. Poorani shows on her website looks very different anyway (more fitting for the name too ;o) As for the correct ID, I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess (yet).

Incidentally I would very much like to come into contact with you about the possibility of using some of your images on a website attempting to document all the species of Ladybirds occurring on Java (under construction still). Would you please contact me? Thank you very much in advance.

Cheers, Arp

admin December 16, 2010 at 6:51 am

Arp- thanks for the comments, id’s and correction. I appreciate your help. I’ve emailed you separately re your last point.

Richard Seaman January 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm


I’ve enjoyed your website for many years, I was just updating my link to it and was impressed by the new format and improved photo galleries.

I’m thinking that the “something1” and “something2” in the “snail and other” photo gallery might be a velvet worm. They’re a fascinating phylum of animal, very ancient and with unusual behavior – the two appendages under the antennae (cf something2) act like fire hoses to squirt sticky fluid which immobilizes their prey.



admin January 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Richard, thanks for your comment and suggestion. I’ll look into velvet worms- not something I’m familiar with! You have have stunning pictures on your website- keep on flying!

Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, Ph.D. January 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

Thanks for the site… I will be conducting a two-day teacher workshop in Bangkok, Thailand March 2011. I saw your photos of the isopod (pill bug). Are pill bugs readily found in Thailand? Appreciate your reply.

Dr. Diana

admin January 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Thanks for the comment. It’s a long time since I saw one but it might be easier if I knew where to look.