08.13.2022 Yes, this is a real thing!

Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth-Ponometia candefacta 

Bird Dropping moths are a subfamily of Owlet moths and yes, they do look like bird doo. Sadly, I’ve never photographed an adult to share so here are a few for examples.

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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16 Responses to 08.13.2022 Yes, this is a real thing!

  1. shoreacres says:

    I take it the moth is what’s said to resemble the droppings, rather than this caterpillar; the caterpillar’s really quite pretty. That green and white stripe certainly makes for great camouflage.

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    • In most cases the moth is named for the adult when a descriptive name like this is applied, whether a class of insect or an individual. I was photographing something else, an ambush bug nymph, and only saw this by accident.

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  2. Wow, I’ve not seen one of these before!

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  3. I would surely miss this fella when glancing around. Nice camouflage!

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    I don’t even know to say…. so I’ll stick to great photograph! 🙂

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