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    This is about it.
    Inputs needed from readers for the rest.

    No. 3 looks like a Geometrid but no match or resemblance seen.
    In fact none in other families eg Crambidae as well.

    No. 8 could even be Gymnoscelis taprobanica since the range, SriLanka to HK will normally encompass Malaya.
    A 2nd possibility is the one below, but with the poor image it is impossible to say.
    http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-10...ciini_22_4.php

    No. 11. I can't see this as a Tortricid moth since these typically have stout but short labial palps & thick short antennae.
    The rounded head is typical of Tineidae but the FW appeared too tapered for this family.
    No match with this or related families.

    N0, 14 is quite a mystery. The distinctive markings have no match,
    The general pattern & bodyshape suggest Tortricidae, subfamily Tortricinae.


    TL Seow

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    I think I have finally figured out what no. 3 is.
    http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/136146030

    By saving the image & rotating the wings to compare side by side I get a hit.
    It is most likely Metallolophia variegata.
    http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-9/...etrini_7_3.php

    In Geometrids those crazy markings will not match perfectly & there will be a fair bit of variation for each species.
    The positions of all the bands & marks are in the right place.
    The black patch near the apex is elongate compared to the image in MoB but is acceptable variation.
    The general appearance & colouration also match well.
    (It helps that I have eliminated just about everything else.)
    It has not yet been recorded in peninsular Malaysia.(Not a problem as new species are added yearly.)

    A 2nd species recorded here however does not match.
    http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-9/...etrini_7_4.php

    TL Seow

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    Thanks again Dr Seow, for these IDs...

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    Default ID Correction.

    No. 8.
    A side by side comparison with Gymnoscelis taprobanica shows way too much diiference in the way the bands run on the FW.

    It would be better to leave it as Gymnoscelis cf pseudotibialis.

    The other species of Gymnoscelis are practically out of contention.

    TL Seow

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    Ok, i edited it... Thanks...

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    Moth 11.
    http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/135176007


    I was looking at some Gelechiodea when I came acroos this pix & realised here is a match in headend, bodyshape, wings, antennae & even the position of the legs.
    http://bugguide.net/node/view/242061/bgpage

    So it is in the Family Pyralidae, subfamily Phycitinae.
    A check with Phycitinae does not reveal any match, the closest being Ephestia unicolorella
    http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7281/...c3e34698_m.jpg

    Ephestia includes a number of pest species of fruits,& nuts, cacao, almond etc.

    It is not this species, but certainly in the same subfamily.

    TL Seow

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