General Neko's Moth-Watching Thread

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  1. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    [​IMG]Neko's Moth-Watching Thread[​IMG]
    [​IMG] Gotta spot 'em all! [​IMG]

    I've had a bit of an obsession with moths since I first spotted a Rosy Maple Moth (now my favorite moth) on my front door a couple years ago. Now I run for my camera whenever I spot a moth that catches my interest. Here I'll be sharing my curious encounters that I've been fortunate enough to capture on film (a red star marks my Top Picks). Feel free to share yours as well or share anything moth-related!

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    Crambid Snout Moths

    Basswood Leafroller Moth
    White Form
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    Yellow Form
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    Bicolored Pyrausta
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    Bold Medicine Moth
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    Bold-Feathered Grass Moth
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    Desmia sp.
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    Diasemiodes janassialis
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    Genista Broom Moth
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    Herpetogramma sphingealis
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    Hollow-Spotted Blepharomastix Moth
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    Ironweed Root Moth
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    Julia's Dicymolomia Moth
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    Mint-Loving Pyrausta
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    Pale-Winged Crocidophora
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    Snowy Urola
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    Sooty-Winged Chalcoela & Elegant Grass-Veneer
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    Splendid Palpita
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    Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
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    Waterlily Leafcutter Moth
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    Yellow-Spotted Webworm Moth
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    Zebra Conchylodes
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    Geometrid Moths

    Bent-Line Carpet Moth
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    Blackberry Looper
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    Brown-Shaded Gray
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    Chickweed Geometer
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    Common Gray
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    Common Spring Moth
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    Confused Eusarca
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    Cross-Lined Wave
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    Curve-Toothed Geometer
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    Dark-Banded Geometer
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    Deep-Yellow Euchlaena
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    Diminutive Wave Moth
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    Dotted Gray
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    False/Crocus Geometer
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    Fervid Plagodis
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    Friendly Probole
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    Granite Moth
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    Greater/Lesser Grapevine Looper
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    Horned Spanworm Moth
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    Hubner's Pero Moth
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    Hydriomena sp.
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    Juniper Geometer
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    Large Lace-Border
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    Large Maple Spanworm Moth
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    Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth
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    Mottled Grey Carpet Moth
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    Oak Besma Moth
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    One-Spotted Variant
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    Packard's Wave
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    Pale Beauty
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    Pale Metarranthis
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    Phigalia sp.
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    Promiscuous Angle Moth
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    Red-Fringed Emerald
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    Scallop Moth
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    Showy Emerald
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    Signate Melanolophia
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    Stained Lophosis
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    Female
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    The Bad-Wing
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    The Beggar
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    The Gem
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    Three-Spotted Fillip
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    Tulip-Tree Beauty
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    Unadorned Carpet Moth
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    Wavy-Lined Emerald
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    White Slant-Line
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    White Spring Moth
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    White-Ribboned Carpet Moth
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    Yellow Slant-Line
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    Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

    Imperial Moth
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    Io Moth
    Female
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    Male
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    Luna Moth
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    Pink-Striped Oakworm Moth
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    Polyphemus Moth
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    Promethea Moth
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    Rosy Maple Moth
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    Spiny Oakworm Moth
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    Tulip-Tree Silkmoth
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    Continued in post #3
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2019


  2. Trainer Josh Competitive TCG Player
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    Not a huge fan of moths myself, but these pictures are awesome! I'm curious if you have any funny/interesting stories, about moths flying away or forgetting your camera?
     
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  3. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Continued from post #1

    Owlet Moths

    Adjutant Wainscot
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    American Copper Underwing
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    American Dagger Moth
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    Arcigera Flower Moth
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    Ash-Tip Borer Moth
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    Beautiful Wood-Nymph
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    Bicolored Sallow
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    Black-Barred Brown
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    Black-Bordered Lemon
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    Bristly Cutworm Moth
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    Brown Panopoda
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    Close-Banded Yellowhorn
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    Colorful Zale
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    Common Looper
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    Common Spragueia
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    Confused/Subgothic Dart
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    Corn Earworm Moth
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    Distinct Quaker
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    Eight-Spotted Forester
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    Elder Shoot Borer
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    Explicit Arches
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    False Underwing
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    Gold Moth
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    Goldenrod Stowaway
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    Grapevine Epimenis
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    Gray-Edged Bomolocha
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    Greater Oak Dagger Moth
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    Green Cutworm Moth
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    Green Leuconycta
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    Hebrew Moth
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    Hitched Arches
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    Implicit Arches
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    Indigo Stem Borer Moth
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    Ipsilon Dart
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    Ironweed Borer Moth
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    Large Mossy Glyph
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    Maple Looper
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    Marbled-Green Leuconycta
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    Obtuse Yellow
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    Olive-Shaded Bird-Dropping Moth
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    Pearly Wood-Nymph
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    Pink-Barred Pseudeustrotia
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    Pink-Spotted Dart
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    Ragweed Flower Moth
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    Red Groundling Moth
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    Red-Lined Panopoda
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    Roadside Sallow
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    Rustic Quaker
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    Scalloped Sallow
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    Sharp-Stigma Looper
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    Small Bird Dropping Moth
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    Small Mossy Glyph
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    Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth
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    The Asteroid
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    The Laugher
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    The Wedgling
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    Tobacco Budworm Moth
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    Unspotted Looper
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    Variable Tropic Moth
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    Venerable Dart Moth
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    Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth
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    Prominent Moths

    Angulose Prominent
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    Datana sp.
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    Double-Lined Prominent
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    Double-Toothed Prominent
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    Gray-Patched Prominent
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    Morning-Glory Prominent
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    Oval-Based Prominent
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    Rough Prominent
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    Saddled Prominent
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    Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth
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    Wavy-Lined Heterocampa
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    White-Blotched Heterocampa
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    Yellow-Necked Caterpillar Moth
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    Pyralid Moths

    Clover Hayworm Moth
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    Dimorphic Macalla Moth
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    Dimorphic Tosale Moth
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    Meal Moth
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    Pink-Fringed Dolichomia
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    Pink-Masked Pyralid Moth
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    Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth
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    Continued in post #4

    The only semi-funny story I can recall was when I was taking pictures of the Rosy Maple Moth. See the second pic? It was actually charging at me for disturbing it. (I only wanted to get a shot of its pretty face!) I think it was shortly after that that it flew away. I finally found another one for the first time in over a year this morning, but it didn't stick around nearly as long after waking up.

    And I rescued the Hebrew Moth from the dog's "water bowl of doom." The picture was taken after it had dried off a bit.

    I think the only moths I missed were a Hummingbird Moth in the garden and a somewhat large yellowish moth (possibly an Io Moth) that I didn't even notice until it flew away. There was also a Black-Waved Flannel Moth (aka Puss Moth) that I tried taking pictures of, but they all came out too blurry or overexposed to use.
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
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  4. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Continued from post #3

    Slug Caterpillar Moths

    Abbreviated Button Slug
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    Hag Moth
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    Jeweled Tailed Slug Moth
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    Saddleback Caterpillar Moth
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    Shagreened Slug Moth
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    Skiff Moth
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    Smaller Parasa
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    Spiny Oak-Slug Moth
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    Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth
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    Yellow-Collared Slug Moth
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    Yellow-Shouldered Slug Moth
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    Sphinx Moths

    Blinded Sphinx
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    Five-Spotted Hawk Moth
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    Laurel Sphinx
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    Nessus Sphinx
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    Small-Eyed Sphinx
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    Snowberry Clearwing
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    Southern Pine Sphinx
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    Virginia Creeper Sphinx
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    Walnut Sphinx
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    Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths

    American Lappet Moth
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    Dot-Lined White
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    Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth
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    Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth
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    Large Tolype Moth
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    Tiger and Lichen Moths

    Banded Tiger Moth
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    Clymene Moth
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    Delicate Cycnia
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    Fall Webworm Moth
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    Southern form
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    Giant Leopard Moth
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    Halysidota sp. (Banded & Sycamore Tussock Moth)
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    Harnessed Tiger Moth
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    Immaculate Holomelina
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    Isabella Tiger Moth
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    Milkweed Tussock Moth
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    Packard's Lichen Moth
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    Painted Lichen Moth
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    Parthenice Tiger Moth
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    Virginian Tiger Moth
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    Yellow-Collared Scape Moth
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    Tortricid Moths

    Adoxophyes furcatana
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    Doubleday's Notocelia Moth
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    Labyrinth Moth
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    Spotted Fireworm Moth
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    Yellow-Winged Oak Leafroller Moth
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    Tussock Moths

    Manto Tussock Moth
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    White-Marked Tussock Moth
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    Yellow-Based Tussock Moth
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    Others

    Ailanthus Webworm Moth
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    American Ermine Moth
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    American Idia
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    Arched Hooktip
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    Baltimore Snout
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    Black Bit Moth
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    Black-Banded Owlet
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    Black-Waved Flannel Moth
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    Canadian Owlet
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    Clover Looper
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    Coleophora sp. (Casebearer)
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    Cream-Edged Dichomeris Moth
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    Dark Marathyssa Moth
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    Decorated Owlet
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    Evergreen Bagworm Moth
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    Eyed Baileya
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    Grape Plume Moth
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    Hibiscus Leaf Caterpillar Moth
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    Ilia Underwing
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    Little White Lichen Moth
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    Mini Bagworm Moth
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    Mournful Thyris
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    Orange-Patched Smoky Moth
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    Pale Gray Bird-Dropping Moth/Schlaeger's Fruitworm Moth
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    Plume Moth
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    Sigela brauneata
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    Small Necklace Moth
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    Sorghum Webworm Moth
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    Southern Longhorn Moth
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    Spotted Apatelodes
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    Spotted Thyris
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    The Bride
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    Thin-Winged Owlet
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    Tufted Thyatirin
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    White Flannel Moth
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    Yellow-Vested Moth
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    Yucca Moth
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    Actually, there was another one that got away. I remember it having a striking orange body with small black dots down its back. I just saw one while looking through some pics and it was an Isabella Tiger Moth. I've seen the Banded Wooly Bear Caterpillars since I was a kid, but I think that was my first time seeing an adult. I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for another.[/spoiler][/spoiler]
     
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  5. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    UPDATE: Added the Dogbane Tiger Moth and Ailanthus Webworm Moth
     
  6. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    UPDATE: Added the Banded Tussock Moth
     
  7. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    UPDATE: Added the Deep-Yellow Euchlaena and Manto Tussock Moth. I also added another Luna Moth photo.
     
  8. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Added the following:
    • A small and unidentified pink and yellow moth (got any ideas?)
    • Saddled Prominent
    • Arched Hooktip
    • A moth of the Desmia genus (unsure of species, possibly a Grape Leaffolder)
    • Banded Tiger Moth (not to be confused with the Banded Tussock Moth)
    • Beautiful Wood Nymph
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2017
  9. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Added the Fall Webworm Moth (maybe my best moth photo yet). Here's a pic of their caterpillars (Fall Webworms) that I took a few days ago as well:

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  10. NinjaPenguin Always standing out from the crowd.
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    Wow, Neko. These pictures are beautiful. They are consistently well lit and in focus, and your Depth of Field is always just enough to show us the moth without moving our attention to the background. They're almost turning me into a moth enthusiast!
    May I ask how exactly you take these pictures? I would think that it's would be difficult to adjust my angle and settings for the perfect shot before the moth flies away.
     
  11. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    I usually use my camera's default Auto Mode (sometimes Scene Recognition) with Macro or Super Macro turned on and get as close as possible without zooming-in or using flash (when possible). I hold the shutter button halfway down, wait for the focus sound to beep, check the display (if I can see it) to make sure it focused on the right thing, then finish pushing the shutter button while trying to keep myself steady. I often take 10+ pictures of the same subject just to be safe. If needed, I use Photoshop to crop the photos and improve lighting, color balance, and sharpness.

    Most moths are pretty chill during the daytime and won't fly away unless you accidentally tap their wings or try to wake them up and even then some don't want to budge. Butterflies and dragonflies are a very different story, though. @[email protected]
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2017
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  12. flilix Aspiring Trainer
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    I once found an elephant hawk moth caterpillar in my garden. I was curious to see what it would look like as a month, so I put it in a cage with some ground (the caterpillars hibernate under the ground). In spring it came out of the ground, it was very beautiful. I didn't take any pictures though. :(

    This is a picture I found on Google:
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  13. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    UPDATE: Added the Rough Prominent

    I also spotted this the other day, which I have a strong hunch is the case of a Grass Bagworm:

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    EDIT: It may be a Mini Bagworm.

    Elephant Hawk Moths are gorgeous! It's so cool that you pupated one. I'd love to pupate a moth someday, but I'm not sure how feasible that would be with all these cats...!
     
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  14. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Added another photo of the Blinded Sphinx Moth. Can you tell how they got the name?
     
  15. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    No more interesting adult moths, but here's a pretty cool caterpillar:

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    As a general rule of thumb, it's in your best interest not to handle furry caterpillars. Although not all of them sting, the Io Moth caterpillar is one example of why you should probably avoid them. This green caterpillar appears to be covered in soft moss, but its hairs are anything but pleasant to the touch. These spines contain a potent venom that can result in excruciating pain, sometimes requiring medical attention.

    Like all adult North American moths, the mature Io Moth is harmless (and quite pretty).
     
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  16. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Where did all the adults go?

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    White-Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar. Beware of the spines! Adults of this species aren't nearly as vibrant but, interestingly, females are flightless.

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    Here's a "stick caterpillar" that will eventually become a type of geometer moth:

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    Another moth better-known for its caterpillar, the American Dagger Moth (it's partially curled-up in the photo):

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  17. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    I wasn't able to get a great pic since it's dark out, but I spotted another adult moth that caught my fancy. It's a small moth, but the color and combed antennae are gorgeous. The Wavy-Lined Emerald has been added to the first post.

    Their larvae are pretty neat, too. I've not seen any myself, but I was researching them and found out that these crafty caterpillars attach bits of flowers and other plant material to their backs for camouflage. Pretty cool stuff. Check them out on Google.
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2017
  18. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    The "Grass Bagworm" case from before looks like it may actually be a Mini Bagworm instead. I found a couple more of 'em today.

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    I also spotted what appear to be baby Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars munching-down.

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  19. GrandPanacea Thread Necromancer
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    Holy Toledo, these pictures are incredible!!

    I've only ever seen once fancy moth before. I was working at a convenience store/gas bar, on a night shift, and the coworker I took over from was still there, chatting with me. We saw a large fluttering motion by one of the windows, and I went to the door to peek out, because we thought it was a bat. It was actually a Luna Moth! It was perched on the brick wall, a couple of inches above the ground. It was so beautiful.
     
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  20. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    STORY TIME!

    I remember finding a big moth outside the grocery store when I was younger (it may have been a type of sphinx moth because I remember that its body reminded me of a plump worm). It was under a shopping cart and I was afraid it would get ran-over, so I decided to swoop in and save it. It wouldn't fly away, so I assumed it had been injured and decided to take it home with me. We stopped at a gas station on the way home and the moth started flapping its wings, so I rolled-down the window and it flew away. I felt that I had helped it recover, but now that I think back on it, it was probably just in a sleepy daze that whole time instead of injured. Anyway, I think I've had a bit of an affinity with moths since.

    Added the Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth to the first post. It's almost identical to the Blinded Sphinx, but bears a different pattern. Who knows, maybe it's the same kind I rescued as a kid?

    I also found another Mini Bagworm case (the longest I've found yet) and decided to combine all four of them into a single image. This makes me all the more eager to get a full-odds Shiny Mothim! *Continues headbutting the Burmy tree in HGSS* EDIT: Found a couple more Mini Bagworm cases and added them to my pic:

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    Glad you like 'em! I just wish more of them had nature in the background...

    I agree, Luna Moths are beautiful (not to mention huge and fluffy). <3
     
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