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Transparency in hoverment

Following along a meadow path, this Hummingbird clearwing moth flitted from flower to pale purple flower — ironweed, I think — taking a sip or two from each one as it went. (Earlier post about two such moths.)

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Creamsicle crawler

Elegantly cloaked in colorful kimono wings, slender Ailanthus webworm moths (Atteva aurea) were sipping nectar from clusters of White snakeroot flowers (Ageratina altissima). Despite their bright coloring, the white-flower wing patterns blended well with their host plants making them easy … Continue reading

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On a clearwing day

Buzzing along while filling up on nectar, this fuzzy fellow — a Snowberry clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis) — looks and acts a lot like a bumblebee. Today’s menu may include Beach plum blossoms or some other shrubby flower in the … Continue reading

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Mix & Match Moths

Looking like a fuzzy experiment in genetics, these Hummingbird clearwing moths (Hemaris thysbe) are true to their name. With transparent panes on their wings, they hovered like hummingbirds while drinking in milkweed nectar instead of taking the more leisurely approach … Continue reading

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Spicy spin cycle

This neatly wrapped tissue paper parcel was hanging out near a woodland lake. It may be the cocoon of a Promethea moth (Callosamia promethea), not sure. If the moth type is correct, its alternate name — Spicebush silkmoth — may … Continue reading

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Mothra Larva wannabe

Found this furry little crawler by the James river in the Colonial National Historical Park just outside Williamsburg, VA. I think it will become a Whitemarked tussock moth (Orgyia leucostigma). To me it looks more like Mothra should in the … Continue reading

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