08.15.2015 Geina periscelidactylus

The title here sounds a bit like Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid...which I can say more easily than the above Latin name…just barely), but it’s a moth…and a beauty at that.

Grape Plume Moth on a milkweed leaf.Grape-Plume-Moth-062615-700-2-WebI’ve not done much mothing this summer, but this was pretty easily captured.  I’ve seen a few different insect species on the milkweed but nary a Monarch caterpillar or butterfly.  I saw a flash of orange the other day, but it was a Spangled Fritillary.  This was a first of the species for me and I should be happy, but I’d honestly rather have the Monarch.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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18 Responses to 08.15.2015 Geina periscelidactylus

  1. I like your gerund: mothing. I like your moth, too. When I first saw it I imagined looking down on an airplane from a century ago.

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  2. Jim in IA says:

    Leave out the sceli in the last name. Almost pterodactylus.


  3. bythebriny says:

    What an interesting and beautiful moth!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I saw an airplane, too, but all those bits of angularity remind me of the struts between a biplane’s wings. One of my cousins restored a 1940s biplane and used it for aerobatics for years. Ironically enough, the plane he flew is called a Tiger Moth. The video shows one in action in New Zealand, in the Wings Over Wairarapa show. My cousin pretty much stayed in Kansas.

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    • I liked the moment as the pilot turned towards the end where the plane seems to hang in stillness for a moment.
      This is more my idea of a tiger moth…I’ll pass on the other one…my stomach is still flip flopping from the video.


  5. Jackson says:

    Amazing moth, and beautiful capture!

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  6. A very unusual looking moth. Nice capture. I wish you have Monarchs too.

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  7. A spectacular insect! I’m so glad you found it, and cannot get over the complex structure of this creature.

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  8. shoreacres says:

    I recently saw my first great spangled fritillary, in the midwest. I thought I remembered you had mentioned the species, and sure enough — you did! I hope you got your monarchs, too.

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    • You have a great memory, Linda. If anyone asked me whether I had posted one much less mentioning I’d have drawn a blank.
      Not in 2015 or 2016 but last year was very good for monarchs. I am now hoping for a repeat of last year’s success.Here’s a reminder.
      So I see I was beginning my bad habit of not answering and going away back then. Sorry I never replied to you. One reason I lost my zeal for blogging can be seen by the bot comments after yours. I am sure you and most others get hit with these things. I get a ton of blog “likes” from either bots or folks trying to get me to follow their religious or business blogs. Dampens my enthusiasm.


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