09.17.2020 Garage Moth

Moths seem to like doing an overnight on our garage walls.  Not a lot, but every once in a while I find one or two.  This Juniper Twig Geometer-Patalene olyzonaria was fortunately at eye level.  I have had to put up a ladder for some.

As the name implies, they do eat juniper, as larvae, and we have some nearby. One feature I enjoy in some moths are the feathery antennae.

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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19 Responses to 09.17.2020 Garage Moth

  1. I’m with you about the feathery antennae.

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  2. krikitarts says:

    In my youth, I used to think that all moths had feathery antennae, and that was the main way to distinguish them from butterflies. But that’s not reliable–still, it’s good to see another that maintains that feature.

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    • There certainly are a bunch. I didn’t pay much attention to insects, aside from bees and wasps that stung me and ants that crashed our picnics when a child. Even when I started paying attention to butterflies I didn’t recognize the moth’s feathery antennae right off. Such a sheltered childhood.

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  3. Gallivanta says:

    Interesting that they like to be on the garage wall. I wonder why. I was also wondering about the name geometer and was happy to discover that it refers to the inchworm larvae and how they appear to measure the earth as they move.

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    • Yeah, based on the name they should be “Inch meters”. 🙂 There are several “inch worms” in the Geometrid family not all of which are this species. I am not sure why they come into and stay in the garage but there are others from different families that I have found in there.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice dead-leaf camouflage. So that’s what inch-worms turn into!

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  5. melissabluefineart says:

    I remember reading about those antennae. They are remarkable, designed like TV antennas used to be, specific to pick up the pheromone wavelength of females of their species. So cool!

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  6. Nice Steve! Great detail!

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  7. shoreacres says:

    Some guys have garage bands; you have garage moths — and a very appealing one it is.

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