08.10.2020 Harlequin Webworm Moth

I’ve had these visit our boneset flowers for a long time.  Well, a long time ago for a long time.  The plant is starting to reestablish itself and they, along with many other insects, are returning too.

Diathrausta harlequinalis

This is about a half inch in wing spread so a little one.

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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15 Responses to 08.10.2020 Harlequin Webworm Moth

  1. I really like the dark tones and white markings, and those delicate fringes. Beautiful shot, Steve.

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  2. Thus Spake Diathrausta.

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  3. Mike Powell says:

    Beautiful little moth, Steve, and really well photographed. I was curious about the curious name “boneset” and just learned that “The name boneset was derived from the plant’s use in the treatment of breakbone fever, a term describing the high fever that often accompanies influenza.”

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    • Thanks, Mike.

      The use for fighting influenza came as a surprise to me when I read up on it thinking that it more to do with healing of broken bones. There are other medicinal uses as well and it has been a popular herb for a long time.
      These are lovely smallish moths, maybe three quarters of an inch in wingspan.


  4. Nice Steve! Great Detail!


  5. I expected the name “harlequin” to designate a more colorful moth.

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  6. krikitarts says:

    Little bitty pretty one, and so nice to catch it with its wings spread in the typical ideal butterfly fashion.

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  7. melissabluefineart says:

    It is an attractive little thing. Is it a day-flying moth, or did you take this at night? I see a similar black moth here but I don’t think it is the same. It moves too quickly for me to photograph so I’m doubly impressed by this lovely shot.

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