08.22.2020 Master’s Dart

I often go out to see what’s on the Boneset just before going to bed. Last night I found this attractive Master’s Dart-Feltia herilis moth sipping nectar.

The last time I photographed one of this species was 6 years ago to the day.  Guess this is their busy season.

I managed three shots before it took off. This was the second composition.

I would have made a couple others but when I moved around to try for a head on shot it didn’t like that and flew away.

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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20 Responses to 08.22.2020 Master’s Dart

  1. krikitarts says:

    A beauty, and another new one to me. The wing markings are just lovely.

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    • I used to see them often in the yard but this was the first time in a few years.It would be nice to think the insects are making a comeback after several down years and, of course, the international loss of insect population. There’s a lot of beauty in moth world.

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  2. How interesting that your two encounters with this species of moth were exactly six years apart. I sometimes check the date on old pictures of a something so I’ll have an idea of when I might find it again in the current year.

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    • I was a little surprised by that but insects have their windows when they mature and reproduce so the same approximate date is somewhat expected.. It’s a short life span for many. I do the same although try to remain open to whatever presents itself. Flowers stay relatively put but it’s hard to predict an insect’s whereabouts.


  3. Littlesundog says:

    What a beauty! It almost appears as royalty, cloaked in all of its finery.

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  4. melissabluefineart says:

    The markings on this moth are really beautiful, aren’t they. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one like this. Looks like your boneset is like a good train station~ lots of interesting visitors meet there. And how cool that it was exactly 6 years ago!

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    • Boneset is a wonderful plant for pollinators. The visitors are a true menagerie of species.I try to visit it a few times a day in case someone new and exciting shows up. There are a couple with similar markings and, given the number of moth species, that can often make identification difficult. This one is fairly easy. 🙂


  5. Nice Steve! Great detail! Never saw one of these before. Great images!

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  6. shoreacres says:

    Photos like this, with their remarkable details, do elevate what might otherwise be seen as a rather ‘blah’ moth. I especially enjoyed seeing the furry ‘decorations’ on those little legs.

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