Category Archives: Lepidoptera

08.26.2020-2 Last Night’s Moths

For me, finding one moth at night is pretty good.  I don’t try to attract them and just photograph whatever comes in on its own. One summer I did put up a sheet and lights and baited some trees which … Continue reading

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08.22.2020 Master’s Dart

I often go out to see what’s on the Boneset just before going to bed. Last night I found this attractive Master’s Dart-Feltia herilis moth sipping nectar. The last time I photographed one of this species was 6 years ago … Continue reading

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08.19.2020 Fiery Dragon

How an insect is named is often interesting.  I’ve had this moth, a Mint-loving Pyrausta-Pyrausta acrionalis, visit the boneset for years.  As I was putting this post together I wondered about the name and found that Pyrausta is a mythological … Continue reading

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08.18.2020 American Idia

Not a spelling error, the American Idia-Idia americalis is a woodland litter moth. I almost didn’t see this one as it blended so well with the black birch bark. I used some curves adjusting to make it stand out a … Continue reading

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08.11.2020 Another Day, Another Skipper

Two different skipper species ties my annual record in the yard. Maybe they don’t visit the yard all that often or I just might not be looking at the right time.  But it was a delight to have a pair … Continue reading

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08.02.2020 Sweet Sunday Skipper

Things are starting to pick up in the yard. While walking around I noticed this Least Skipper-Ancyloxypha numitor on a grass blade near all the wood chips from the wood pile that is waiting to be split. Tough on the … Continue reading

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07.18.2020 Shaggy

There’s a lot more happening at the Milkweed Inn than just monarchs, although there can never be too many monarchs.  There are milkweed beetles which I shared the other day, milkweed bugs which I have yet to photograph this year, … Continue reading

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07.17.2020-2 Flashback Friday 2003-Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

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07/13/2020-2 Macro Monarch Monday

We have at least two monarch larvae so far.  At least I have seen a monarch caterpillar twice at a distance from each sighting along the driveway.  Maybe the first one went for a long hike and was the second … Continue reading

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02.21.2020 Flashback Friday

My Screen Saver slideshow has been working overtime while Lightroom has been building the new catalog.  Things are going really well thanks to Alexander Kunz  who has been helping me straighten things out and get everything in proper order.  If … Continue reading

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