Friday, September 30, 2016

Moth extravaganza

Melonworm moth (Diaphania hyalinata)...Caterpillars feed on melons, cucumbers and squash plants.
James left the back porch light on last night. I happened to be walking past from re-filling hummingbird feeders when I glanced up saw the moth above. Hmmm. Pretty! So I went into the house to get my camera and a step stool. I ended up taking photos of EVERYONE. I don't think I'll be able to identify them all, but I wanted to at least share the different kinds and patterns. If I hadn't stopped and noticed, I never would have appreciated what was right in front of my eyes. Enjoy! (Some of my images are fuzzy. Sorry! It was a challenge shooting some of these guys because they were high up.)

Chime in with IDs if you recognize any. I'll credit you!
Likely an emerald, maybe blackerry looper?
Interesting body shape, eh? Then I noticed another one under the roof eave (below). Perhaps a plume moth?

Xanthophysa moth (Xanthophysa psychialis)

A weevil of some kind. One oddball in every bunch!

Southern pink moth
 (I've seen this species before)

LOVE this moth ID site!


Ragna said...

Thanks for all the moth photos and the documentation on the life, and otherwise, of the horn worms. Such pretty caterpillars, plus they turn into those magical twilight visitors, the hummingbird moths.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Thank YOU for your kind comment! :-)

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