Moths in the Morning

I saw these two moths, begging for their photos to be taken, so I obliged them!
They told me I should send a copy to my fellow blogger over the pond that goes bonkers for moths!

Enjoy your moths, Andrew!
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Grammia ~ Tiger Moth  Not sure of the specific species. The website Moth Photographers Group was very helpful in getting me this far, however there are a few too may to choose from.

Woolly caterpillars prefer to feed on lambs quarters, violets and clovers. They also eat dandelions, nettles, sunflower, burdock, yellow and curly docks, and most wild plants. They occasionally feed on garden plants as well, including spinach, cabbage, other greens, asters and garden herbs.

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The Pink-legged Tiger Moth, or the Red-legged Diacrisia (Spilosoma latipennis), is a moth in the Arctiidae family. It was described by Stretch in 1872. It is found in most of North America.

The wingspan is about 38 mm. Adults are on wing from April to September.

The larvae feed on various plants, including ash trees, dandelions, impatiens and plantain.

 

I absolutely must find out where she got her beautiful fur wrap!!! 😉

 

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

20 thoughts on “Moths in the Morning

  1. Photos of the moths are great. I imagine Andrew is still adding to his species list. Maybe you should run a race with him to see who can record the most but of course he has a huge head start. 🙂

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    • That would be funny… I was just lucky the evening was cool and the morning slow to warm. These cuties were too cool to fly 😉
      The white one woke-up shaking, must be a warming mechanism, raised her antenna and flew off. I rarely see any other color moth but brown.

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  2. Excellent moths – do I have a convert? I can’t understand why they get a bad press in some quarters. I like to learn the larval foodplants – very useful for attracting more species. More please 🙂

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    • If and when I see any cool moths, I will post them for you! I just may not be in the right place/time for these cuties. I was lucky this day as these 2 were 2 feet apart. I think the humid, cool weather was a huge moth trap that evening!
      I will find more larval plant lists for you 😀

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