• Protecting the Atlantic Forest and its wildlife through land acquisition and management agreements
  • Integrating the protection of the Atlantic Forest with the needs of the local community
  • Restoring damaged habitats using local resources
  • Conducting bio-inventories of the fauna and flora present
  • Encouraging and supporting biological research
  • Encouraging people to visit REGUA and support our work


There is a huge diversity of moths found at REGUA, most of which remain unidentified. For several years a small group of amateur entomologists have been photographing and cataloguing the moths at REGUA, using mercury vapour light traps around the reserve. Specific identification is hampered by a lack of field guides for the region, however we are slowly building a comprehensive image library and database of the species present and their flight times.

In October 2013 we constructed the world’s first ‘moth wall’ in the lodge garden – a roofed concrete wall with a mercury vapour bulb and a black fluorescent bulb on each side. The moth wall makes it easy for guests at the lodge to help us with our moth research – by photographing the moths and emailing photos of any species not shown on our checklist to us for identification.

Seen a bird at REGUA not on the list?

If you find a new bird for the list, please submit a detailed description, preferably with photographs, video, and/or sound recordings, together with details of date and time, location, observers, weather conditions, and habitat to lee.dingain@regua.org.

Photo library

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  • Kingdom:
  • Animalia
  • Phylum:
  • Arthropoda
  • Class:
  • Insecta
  • Order:
  • Lepidoptera (Linnaeus, 1758)

Systematic list

Taxonomy and nomenclature follows van Nieukerken et al., 2011, except Sphingidae which follows Kitching & Cadiou, 2000, and Tortricidae which follows Gilligan, T. M., J.

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