Category Archives: Moths

08.01.2022 Macro Monday

If you are familiar with Boneset then you will recognize how small this moth is.  It’s wingspan is about 1/3″ +/-. Skullcap Skeletonizer- Prochoreutis inflatella. This moth is host specific to Mad Dog Skullcap-Scutellaria lateriflora which apparently resides somewhere nearby but I … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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06.21.2022 Little Devils being naughty

Trying to stay vigilant in searching for monarch caterpillars on our yard milkweeds.  Finding these at first glance on a milkweed leaf I thought they were fireflies because of the orange at the head.  But upon closer examination they are … Continue reading

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08.19.2021 If you’re going to San Francisco

You’d better wear some flowers. Synchlora aerata-Wavy-lined Emerald moth larva. These actually don’t go to California but are found over most of eastern and central U.S. Here in the northeast they are the only species to cover themselves with small … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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08.12.2021 A handsome moth

I’ve been going to bed most nights between 8 and 8:30 so with it being summer and the sun setting around that same time I have not been able to photograph many night flying moths. I don’t set up a … Continue reading

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07.13.2021 Grape Plume Moth

This moth- Geina periscelidactylus which is not the first image that comes to mind when you think of a moth landed on a milkweed leaf as a gentle rain was falling. Every day there is something different on our milkweeds but so … Continue reading

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09.18.2020 One of the visitors to our Canada Goldenrod

Bronzed Cutworm Moth-Nephelodes minians I guess I am a fan of these, at least in our yard, as their larvae eat grasses so save me some mowing…well, I am sure not much mowing really. But for those who grow grain crops  … Continue reading

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09.17.2020 Garage Moth

Moths seem to like doing an overnight on our garage walls.  Not a lot, but every once in a while I find one or two.  This Juniper Twig Geometer-Patalene olyzonaria was fortunately at eye level.  I have had to put up … Continue reading

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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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