General Neko's Moth-Watching Thread

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  1. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Very little moth activity during this cool spell, but I got a Scalloped Sallow last night. Some individuals have darker lines that make the patterns pop more.

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    150 and more to see!

    I noticed that the other day. I imagine it was something on Imgur's end. Everything seems to be loading fine now (for me, anyway).

    :p

    I had to check if there was a Mammoth Moth to spoil your joke, but there doesn't seem to be one! (Although some people call the giant silkmoths "mammoth" moths in reference to their size, in which case I've got a few.)

    Right now it's just a hobby. I majored in graphic design in college, but I certainly wouldn't mind going back to study this sort of thing in the future (especially since there's so much competition in the art world). I actually wanted to be a scientist when I was a kid but changed gears over the years. I love sharing things that I've found/learned, so I could see myself as some kind of science/biology teacher. (I also have an interest in fossils, mainly plants and marine invertebrates, though I don't hunt them as actively anymore since I think I've already collected all of them on the property.)
     
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    I've passed 150!

    Ipsilon Dart (aka Dark Sword-Grass Moth)
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    Roadside Sallow
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    Bicolored Sallow (aka Shield-Backed Cutworm Moth)
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  3. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    No new moths sadly (probably won't be getting anymore this year), but here's a caterpillar I found last month. I think it's one of the Hypena-genus species.

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    I also hung up some of my moth photos. My room already reflected most of my interests (Pokémon, anime, and fossils), but there were no moths in sight! I spent most of the yesterday out with my mom and aunt and picked up some frames at a thrift store then got home and printed some of my favorite/more artistic examples.

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    I also added a link to my "Moth Dex" on Facebook to the first post, just in case some images aren't loading correctly. It seems like Imgur has been having issues. :/
     
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  4. Sylveonix I have a Fairy Type addiction.
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    Are these Moths all where you live, or do you go out of your way to find the most interesting ones?
     
  5. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Everything's from here. I rarely get away from the house. ^^'
     
  6. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Oh noes! Although it's in the album I recently added to the first post, I'd never posted the Chickweed Geometer in the thread. It's such a cutie, too!

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    I'm not sure which color I enjoy seeing on moths most, pink or green!
     
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  7. Chris Teves Poké Legend
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    Wow, this collection is truly amazing. For real. These pictures are really cool.
     
  8. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    I'm glad you enjoy it! :D

    I can hardly wait until next year so I can capture more!
     
  9. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Oops! Looks like I forgot to post the Yellow Slant-Line that I saw back in July.

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  10. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    It just occurred to me that one of my past moths, the Canadian Owlet, is one of the "Vampire Moths" (Calyptra). I was formerly under the impression that members of this genus were exclusive to Eurasian countries.

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    Many Calyptra-genus moths have a barbed proboscis used to pierce fruit and seeds for feeding, but some also have a habit of feeding on the blood of vertebrates (much like mosquitoes). Only males are known to feed on blood.

    The Canadian Owlet is the only known moth of its genus to exist in North America. Though some claim to have been bitten by this species, it has yet to be scientifically proven to bite humans. However, in recent years, it has been documented that its proboscis can at least pierce a strawberry, so human skin penetration may indeed be possible.
     
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  11. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
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    One day, I saw what I think was a royal walnut moth at the WALMART entrance !
     
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  12. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Nice! I'm hoping to see one of those this year.

    Have you ever seen their caterpillars? They look like little dragons!
     
  13. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
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    Not in real life, but I just looked them up and they do look really cool!
     
  14. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Happy St. Paddy's Day! Here's hoping for more greenies this year!

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    Hopefully it won't be long until moth activity picks up again. I've seen a few this past week, but nothing particularly interesting.
     
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  15. bbninjas Ready or Not!
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    Wow, those are beautiful Neko! Are they all species that you've seen and photographed yourself?
     
  16. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Yeppers! Those are all my green ones so far. I'm really hoping to get at least one of the green sphinxes. I got a Virginia Creeper (a species that can be green) last year, but it was unfortunately the brown variety.
     
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  17. bbninjas Ready or Not!
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    The variety is insane! I think you've said before that the area you live in is rich with many different moth species; do you reckon the same diversity exists in other areas and we just don't look, or do you simply live in the perfect place?
     
  18. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    I'm sure living near the woodline helps, but I imagine that a lot of people just aren't looking. I've been living on this property for 16 years and, other than a couple Lunas, I hadn't noticed any striking moths until about 5 years ago. It wasn't until then that I started keeping my eyes peeled, and only in the past couple years that I intentionally started keeping the porchlight on late in hope of attracting something cool.
     
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  19. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    My most boldly-marked moth so far this year! I think it's a Distinct Quaker.

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    Here are some others I've gotten over the past week:

    Phigalia sp.
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    Signate Melanolophia
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    Hydriomena sp.
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    Orthosia?
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  20. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Got a new moth and it's GORGEOUS! *_*

    April Fools' Moth (Aprilis anoitos)

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    A very rare moth that ecloses on the same date every year.
     
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