08.14.2021 The Return of the Blue Tarp

I have no idea what the attraction is, but I keep finding interesting insects on this tarp over my woodpile. No complaints.  Life made easy.

Green Cloverworm Moth- Hypena scabra  These are highly variable and this is darker than most of the examples I saw on BugGuide.  Seems a fresh hatch with all the scales intact and such deep and crisp patterning.

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 08.14.2021 The Return of the Blue Tarp

  1. You caught lots of visually yummy texture. Having a fresh hatch seems to have been the key, as you noted.The blue, while not natural, is as attractive to us as it was to the moth.

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    • I usually prefer a natural setting…well pretty much always…but these have been fun to share with that nice blue making an enjoyable background. Nary a scale out of place so a lucky catch.


  2. Very nice! Great detail!

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  3. Maybe they find that texture easy to cling to? The brilliant blue makes a terrific background.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    It looks like a wizard with a pointy hat and a long cape.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Fresh and perfect! I wonder if they ‘see’ blue or are perceiving a more neutral color? Given it is a ‘camouflage’ species, it doesn’t seem like a safe choice for roosting.

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    • It does look like a beacon on that tarp. I am not sure about color. Flower shapes and design are for attracting pollinators but how does color factor into that apart from the lines it defines that make up the patterns? Maybe this one likes checkerboards.

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  6. Jane Lurie says:

    A terrific backdrop for this beauty. Crisp shot, Steve.

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    What a pointed tip. It looks very aerodynamic but I’ve never really thought of moth flight that way before.

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  8. That blue tarp is a ‘bug magnet’! Always nice when you get a fresh one. Nice one, Steve!

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