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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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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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08.10.2020 Harlequin Webworm Moth

I’ve had these visit our boneset flowers for a long time.  Well, a long time ago for a long time.  The plant is starting to reestablish itself and they, along with many other insects, are returning too. Diathrausta harlequinalis This … 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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