General Neko's Moth-Watching Thread

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  1. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Another fairy!

    Ridings' Fairy Moth
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    These are all so beautiful! You have a true knack for nature photography! I love looking at all these moths in their perfect lighting and depth of field, so much so that I might even get out and snap a few pictures! Amazing job!
     
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  3. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Thanks, and I'm glad you enjoy them! Please share if you find any moths/moth caterpillars!
     
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  4. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Not a moth, but check out who I found crawling down my arm while I was looking for some last night:

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    A male black widow! I've seen 'em before but never touched them.

    No biggie since the males are harmless, but I thought I'd share anyway. =w=
     
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    Profile view of a Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth:

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    I also spotted my ittiest bittiest bagworm yet (I'm guessing early instar):

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    My flashiest caterpillar so far this year: the Powdered Dagger Moth caterpillar!

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    Really hoping that the tiny insect and pellet on its back (seen in pic #1) aren't parasitic. I didn't see either on it today (when I took pic #2).
     
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    Wish I could've captured the pink hues better before it flew away, but I'd been waiting for a Pink-Shaded Fern Moth! :D

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    Sycamore Webworm Moth
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    Redbud Leaffolder Moth
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    Walnut Shoot Moth
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    Black-Dotted Glyph
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    Pitch Twig Moth
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    Filbertworm Moth—check out those metallic bands!
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    Another Xanthotype-genus moth, possibly the Attentive Crocus Soldier Moth
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  8. Dravinator Poké Fanatic
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    These new pictures are some of my favourite yet! I love the Pitch Twig Moth and the Walnut Shoot Moth, but the Professor Sycamore Webworm Moth really speaks to me.

    Also, great quality on the images, what camera do you use?

    EDIT: Found this beauty today, a Gypsy Moth Caterpillar! It has blue spots and red spots on its spine.

    (Hang on, how do you share files from a photo gallery? I want to post this beautiful caterpillar. Maybe I should do it from Google Drive?
     
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  9. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    I use a FujiFilm FinePix S4500, usually on Auto: Macro (with flash) at night or Auto: Super Macro or Shutter Priority: Macro (with +1/3 flash) during the day. Granted, if you're wanting to get into macro photography, there are other cameras better suited for it.

    I share mine via Imgur.
     
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    Thanks for the camera advice! I've uploaded two pictures, but I'm not sure what the second moth is.

    https://imgur.com/a/ya09t1A
    Found this beauty today, a Gypsy Moth Caterpillar! It has blue and red spots on its spine. (Fun Fact: The adult females cannot fly, even though they have wings!)

    https://imgur.com/a/bDaVBGL
    Now, I'm not sure what species this fine specimen is, but maybe somebody could help me out. (It may be a Gypsy Moth, but that would be a drastic colour change.)
     
  11. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Gypsy moth caterpillars are neat for sure! I've never seen one in-person, but I did base one of my old Fakemon on vague memories of one I saw in a book as a kid. (Too bad they're invasive and often killed en masse. I personally feel bad even when I accidentally squish a mosquito scratching an itch, so I wouldn't be able to kill them if I found any. In fact, actually saw an Emerald Ash Borer the other day, a highly destructive beetle, but I couldn't help but just admire its beauty. Where are the Beast Balls when you need 'em?)

    Your adult moth looks like a sphinx of some kind, but I'm not sure which.
     
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