Category Archives: Lepidoptera

09.12.2022-Macro Monday II-World’s Worst Camouflage?

I think this speaks for itself. Harlequin Webworm Moth-Diathrausta harlequinalis We are painting our shed and this is the first coat of primer.  Fortunately it dried before Harley decided to settle there in plain sight. I could see him from … Continue reading

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09.08.2022 A handsome greenie

I’ve mentioned previously about the larvae that collect debris as a disguise or camouflage known as bagworms. They are members of the Synchlora genus also known as Emeralds. Wavy-lined Emerald-Synchlora aerata.  When young  and not so fastidious as the adults … Continue reading

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09.05.2022 More Aster Attraction

This Blackberry Looper-Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria caught my eye after the Cabbage White flew off. I haven’t photographed an adult yet but with any luck this larva will give me the opportunity.  When mature, it’s an emerald with white lines and quite … Continue reading

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09.04.2022 Silent Sunday-Cabbage White on New England Aster

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08.29.2022 Finally!

While walking around the yard yesterday afternoon with the 7D setup I came across a Monarch caterpillar apparently resting after a meal of milkweed leaf. As I made a few images I felt something breeze by and it was an … Continue reading

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08.23.2022 Doppelganger

I haven’t had any luck photographing Monarchs this year.  Just a few that I saw visited the yard, I only saw three larvae, and none ever stopped where I could get a clear shot.  But yesterday while roaming one of … Continue reading

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08.21.2022 Silent Sunday

American Copper- Lycaena phlaeas  

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08.16.2022 Two-fer Tuesday

While looking for anything…it’s always good to keep your options open…I found a couple of colorful caterpillars over the weekend. Pearly Wood-nymph- Eudryas unio munching a grape leaf in Brickyard this past Saturday. There is another almost identical species, the … Continue reading

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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.

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08.06.2020 Who’s been eating my buttonbush?

Promethea Silkmoths is who. After shooting the Swamp Spreadwing at Gauco Pond I went to Branch Bridge Road hoping for dragons or damsels.  But all I got was this chance to photograph Promethea Silkworm moth larvae-Callosamia promethea. This first was … Continue reading

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