Surviving, colored design fading, a toothed brown carpet moth
(Xanthorhoe lacustrata) shows the beauty of its aging.

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It’s been two blooms since the milkweed received this plume moth.

Still uncertain about the species, I’ll venture narrowing it down to

Himmelman’s (Geina tenuidactylus) or Buck’s (Geina Bucksi) Plume Moth.

Based on illustrations in the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern

North America (Beadle & Leckie, 2012)–and a hunch, I guess–my bet’s on Buck’s.

 

 

 

 

 

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Surprising relief —                                  each moth rising                                     before the mower.

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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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Commonly named for eating Asclepias incarnata (not  pictured),

a Swamp milkweed leaf beetle (Labidomera clivicollis)

makes do in our patch of Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).

 

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Blue dasher                        (Pachydiplax longipennis)                        preparing to eat.

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               spring                                        time’s                                        unwind

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Nearing totality                                 over Little Crum Creek                                11:43 PM (15°F).

 

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Autumn seeds         a rising choir         —         into what dark promise         will the sounding fly?

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curious and wary                    exchanged                    on the footpath …

Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina),  I presume?

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