General Neko's Moth-Watching Thread

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  1. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Whoo-hoo! First giant silkmoth of the year!

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    Although it can be difficult to tell apart from female Tuliptree Silkmoths, I'm thinking (or at least hoping) this is a female Promethea Moth. There's some overlap in the key differences between these closely-related species, but Prometheas tend to be a bit smaller and more reddish from what I gather. (The lines are also supposedly wavier on Tuliptrees, but I can't see it...) Males are much easier to ID.

    Also, just in case any of you didn't catch on, the moth in my previous post was a joke. It's a three-way splice between a Luna, Io, and Pink-striped Oakworm Moth.

    EDIT: Looks like she IS a Promethea. Sweet!
     
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    Got a Nessus Sphinx today! I think I had one of these last year too but wasn't able to get any pics. This time I at least managed a couple, but I wish they were clearer... It took-off just as soon as I had focused in for the perfect shot. Dx

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    It almost looks like a wasp crossed with a hummingbird when visiting flowers for nectar.
     
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    New moths two days in a row, and it isn't even summer! :0

    Eight-Spotted Forester. Check out those fuzzy orange legs!

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    I found this strange little guy last June, but I never posted it since the front half of the caterpillar was out-of-focus. Luckily, by scaling it down and sharpening the front half, I was able to make it somewhat presentable. I think it's a Horned Spanworm. The horns aren't toxic, but they can stretch 2x in length if the caterpillar is startled!

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    I've yet to get an adult, but they're pretty neat too (especially the darker-shaded ones).

    I also found these when I was going through some older photos. I was under the impression that they were two different species, but it turns out that they were both different stages of the Yellow-Striped Armyworm! The adult is #94 on my list.

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    Bonus: MOTH FACE!
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    Some more newbies!

    Sigela brauneata

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    White Spring Moth

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    American Lappet Moth

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    And here's why the Rosy Maple Moth evolved so beautifully. Under certain conditions, maple seeds (samaras, helicopters, or whirlybirds) turn pink!

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    Kicking off May with my first Luna Moth of 2019 and a pinkish-hued Walnut Sphinx!

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    A few more things from over the past week:

    Fervid Plagodis
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    Splendid Palpita
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    Half-Wing Moth Caterpillar
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    It started gnawing my finger and I think it actually managed to get a tiny piece of skin! :eek:

    Eastern Tent Caterpillar
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    EDIT: Got an Unspotted Looper (aka Copper Looper) tonight!

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    That Luna Moth looks S T U N N I N G with those green and purple hues! Was he a difficult one to find with such good camofluage?
     
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    She (male Lunas have bushier antennae) was on the side of the house, so she was pretty easy to spot once I turned her direction.

    I think it was last year or year before last that I barely caught a glimpse of Lunas in a tree thanks to their tails. I think I deleted the pic because it was blurrier than I'd like (photos over 5x zoom don't tend to take well without a tripod), but their green was a perfect match on the leaves! (I've got a tripod, but I never take it with me on my walks.)
     
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    Maple Looper
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    White-Blotched Heterocampa
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    Eyed Baileya
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    Green Leuconycta (aka Green Owlet)
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    Forest Tent Caterpillar
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    American Copper Underwing Caterpillar
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    I've updated my Facebook album in the first post to include moth caterpillars in addition to adult moths.
     
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    Happy Moth-er's Day!

    Not a new one for me, but here's a gorgeous Arched Hooktip in its natural environment:

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    First bagworm of the year (another Mini Bagworm) and got a double high five from an Eight-Spotted Forester!

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    And here's something new: a Marbled-Green Leuconycta. Unfortunately, landing close to the light skewed the colors a bit. (I tried to fix it via White Balance and Color Correction, but it still seemed more striking in-person.)

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    Moth activity is picking back up!

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    Doubleday's Notocelia Moth
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    Yellow-Spotted Webworm Moth
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    Decorated Owlet
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    Jeweled Tailed Slug Moth
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    Double-Toothed Prominent aka Base-Streaked Prominent
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    Coleophora sp, a casebearer moth
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    Unadorned Carpet Moth
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    Adoxophyes furcatana
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    Stained Lophosis (female)
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    Male is #15 on the first post

    Dimorphic Macalla Moth
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    Yellow-Shouldered Slug Moth
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    I think this is a dark example of a Tufted Thyatirine
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    Yellow-Collared Slug Moth
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    Horned Spanworm Moth (male)
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    Caterpillar in post #125

    Packard's Wave
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    Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth
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    Caterpillar in post #127
     
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    When I posted my previous Virginia Creeper Sphinx, I mentioned that I wanted to find a green one.

    Well, it happened.

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    Not the boldest green they can be, but I'll happily take it!

    Genista Broom Moth
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    I unfortunately didn't capture them here, but this species has yellow hindwings.

    Gray-Patched Prominent
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    Dark Marathyssa Moth
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    Shagreened Slug Moth
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    Hollow-Spotted Blepharomastix Moth
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    Diminutive Wave Moth
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    Common Spring Moth
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    Yellow-Fringed Dolichomia Moth
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    Cream-Edged Dichomeris Moth
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    I also got another Dot-Lined White "poodle moth." I found a freshly-eclosed one last year, but this is the first time I've found one at my porchlight. Nice to see those antennae and spread wings!

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    EDIT: And my first male Io Moth!

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    I found this guy a little over a week ago: a Grape Plume Moth. Probably my favorite plume moth so far! I normally just get the solid white or brown ones.

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    More stuff:

    Milkweed Tussock/Tiger Moth
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    Drab with closed wings, but it has a bright orange, spotted abdomen like most tiger moths. Its caterpillar is much more interesting.

    Bristly Cutwom Moth
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    Common yellow form of the Basswood Leaffolder Moth (the one I'd previously posted was white)
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    Granite Angle Moth, or just Granite Moth
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    Waterlily Leafcutter Moth
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    Large Maple Spanworm Moth (lightly-marked)
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    A more detailed example of the highly variable One-Spotted Variant
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    Supposedly the "greener form" of the Colorful Zale (same moth, different lighting angles)
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    Sorghum Webworm Moth
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    The "horns" on its wings are actually tufts of scales.

    American Idia
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    Small Mossy Glyph
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    Eight-Spotted Forester caterpillar
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    Adult is #163 on the first page.

    EDIT: Over 200 species!
     
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    This past week wasn't too shabby! I got three of my favorites: the Rosy Maple Moth, Giant Leopard Moth, and Smaller Parasa—my first time getting any of them this year. I also got some newbies, but I'll wait to post those another time.

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    And so begins National Moth Week 2019! Hopefully I'll have better luck this year than last year.

    Here are some of those newbies I mentioned in my last post and a few I've gotten since:

    Small Necklace Moth
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    It gets its name from the series of white dots that resemble a pearl necklace. Its wings have an iridescence.

    Elder Shoot Borer
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    Pink-Masked Pyralid Moth
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    This moth has a very subtle pinkish sheen.

    Cross-Lined Wave
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    Hubner's Pero Moth
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    They come in various shades of brown. The purple highlights are more noticeable on darker individuals.

    Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth
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    A close relative and near lookalike of the Smaller Parasa Moth. Their caterpillars, however, look vastly different!

    Snowberry Clearwing
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    Also known as the Bumblebee Moth. One of the "hummingbird moths."

    Early instar caterpillar
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    Yellow-Vested Moth
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    Scallop Moth
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    Oval-Based Prominent
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    Large Mossy Glyph
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    And here I go again trying to turn Pokémon into moths: Theory: Dunsparce is a MOTH!?
     
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    Not a huge turnout this National Moth Week, but I did get a few newbies!

    The Saddleback Caterpillar Moth isn't as well-known as its infamous caterpillar.
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    Early instar Virginia Creeper Sphinx caterpillar. Its horn is huge compared to its body, but it'll grow into it. (Hornworms don't sting, btw).
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    Adult at the top of post #135

    The Pearly Wood-Nymph resembles the related Beautiful Wood-Nymph, but has a scalloped design.
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    A female Oak Besma Moth. Males are more heavily-marked.
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    And, while not newbies, I got a pic of a Large Lace-Border in its natural environment and a clearer pic of a Skiff Moth.

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  19. bbninjas Ready or Not!
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    Far out! How long is that horn on the Virginia Creeper Sphinx caterpillar? It's massive!
     
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    I didn't measure it, but I'd guess just under 1cm based on full-size hornworms. The horn on this one only looks massive since the caterpillar is so young. The caterpillar will grow, but the horn will remain about the same length.
     
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