CLOSED: Moths, Spiders & Crane Flys

Waihi, New Zealand(Zone 1)

ID's needed please. Thank you

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Minot, ND

The moth is in the family Pyralidae; it looks like the common grass moth, Orocrambus flexuosellus - http://ketenewplymouth.peoplesnetworknz.info/friends_of_te_henui/images/show/962-orocrambus-flexuosellus-grass-moth-at-rest

The spider in the second image is an orb weaver (family Araneidae). There are about three dozen species of these in New Zealand – see The Spiders of New Zealand. Part VI. Otago Museum Bulletin No. 6, Dunedin, pp. 68-124), but online images do not appear available for many of these.

The spiders in images three and four are jumping spiders (family Salticidae); some 200 species of these are believed to occur on New Zealand. Although the one eating the moth could be in the genus Helpis (see http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertwhyte/5429204066/ for an example), only a small fraction of New Zealand’s jumping spiders have been properly described and I would hesitate to say any more.

Crane flies (family Tipulidae) are well-represented in New Zealand, with at least 600 species reported. Yours might be in the genus Leptotarsus (see http://ketenewplymouth.peoplesnetworknz.info/image_files/0000/0001/5944/House_crane_fly__leptotarsus_species.JPG for an example), but it would take a specialist in this family to make a proper determination.

Waihi, New Zealand(Zone 1)

Flapdoodle, thank you for all your good info in helping me with ID's of moth,
jumping spiders and crane fly. Really interesting.
Cheers

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