06.25.2022 The new to me list continues

There are more than 11,000 moth species in the United States so it is no surprise that I find new ones even here in the yard.  There certainly are plenty of repeats but this year I’ve seen several newbies.

Speckled Renia-Renia adspergillus.   While not the most outrageous design, I do enjoy the patterning and coloration of this species. They can vary in their color and another name is Gray Renia. These are among the litter moths, so called because the larvae eat decaying leaves on the ground.

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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25 Responses to 06.25.2022 The new to me list continues

  1. Subdued patterning presumably makes the most less conspicuous to predators.

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  2. Ann Mackay says:

    It amazes me to see just how furry moths look up close. Good to find something new in your yard, especially if it means new wildlife is moving in… 🙂

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    • They are covered with scales, as are butterflies, and they do look like fur. The scales detach easily which helps them escape predators. Our yard is recovering from our neighbor’s lawn frenzy. He still grooms his lawn but with fewer chemical treatments. They will move to senior living in a few years or sooner and hopefully the new neighbors will be less aggressive in pursuing the perfect lawn.

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  3. Peter Klopp says:

    Like a Delta airplane. I am also intrigued by the patterns on the wings.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    The symmetry of the delicate details is pleasing. I’ve been seeing more moths recently, and am guilty of walking past many that choose the rest on my building’s wall between my door and my car. I should take a closer look, even if they’re on “just a wall.”

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  5. Very nice Steve! Never saw one of these before!

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Is that a proboscis or antennae? It has a pretty pattern!

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    I find it’s also very easy to overlook the number of species unless I look closely and discover many of these moths I thought were the same are, in fact, different. These renia moths are like that, with so many that are very similar and yet different. I love the background you found this one on, it really helps it stand out. And it is interesting comparing the color differences between this one and the one I’d recently found. I love that sort of variety within a species, though it can sometimes make identifying them more challenging.

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    • I don’t know about Renia moths in general but this one seems to prefer the underside of leaves as do many of the day flying moths in my woods. I was only able to get off two unobstructed views before it disappeared. Yes, sometimes the difference in species is just a specific line on a hindwing or spots along a border. Challenging to say the least.

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      • Todd Henson says:

        Yes! I recently paid enough attention to realize that one particular species at least was almost always landing and immediately moving to the underside of a leaf. What a great defense mechanism against both predators and photographers. 🙂

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      • Sometimes you can wiggle a finger below the leaf and the insect will return to the top but you have to act fast because they don’t stay there long before hiding again. Defense against photographers? 🙂 I talk to them promising that I mean them no harm but most are adamant. 🙂

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