lepidoptera


Fairly settled, most the morning, a faint-spotted palthis moth (Palthis asopialis).

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A caterpillar, it is said, likes the Virginia creeper inching along our woodland edge.
An adult will fly to flowers plentiful in neighboring gardens.
We met once in May 2015.
Have our paths not crossed since then?

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Wondering about the sun and butterflies like
Peck’s skipper (Polites peckius), pictured here summers ago.

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Some time before setting here, spotted white on hydrangea, this red-headed
inchworm moth (macaria bisignata) was a green caterpillar somewhere feeding on pine.

 

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unveiled suddenly under leaves scurries
a subgothic dart moth (Feltia subgothica)

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Blending life into our bend of steps where autumn falls —
a large maple spanworm moth (Prochoerodes lineola).

 

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Called the sulphur pearl in its native Europe and a carrot seed moth in North America,

Sitochroa palealis was first reported in the U.S. in 2002.

But we just met, the two of us, hanging in the grass of national moth week.

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Lines of living geometry provide sufficient pause to discover, instead of a butterfly,

two of a kind of hoop-skirted moth: Chalcoela iphitalis, the sooty-winged chalcoela,

whose caterpillars hatch in paper wasp nests, feed on the host wasp’s larvae,
occupy then vacant cells for their own metamorphosis, and emerge to resume the circle all over.

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One

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more

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monarch

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headed

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in due time

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for

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Mexico

 

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an ancient sphinx long ago posed the riddle
whose answer all who heard were already living.

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More recent wisdom emboldens one to “live the questions now
so to grow and embody the answers tomorrow.

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These days, by Little Crum Creek, a Nessus sphinx moth (Amphion floridensis)
suspends the lesson between a beckoning lilac and its transfixed observer,

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unfurling a feeder toward ephemeral blooms before the season passes.

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