When one tugs at a single thing in nature, one finds it attached to the rest of the world.
John Muir (1838-1914)
Actias lunaThis is a closeup of the eyepot found near the leading edge of each of the luna moth's wings. They may startle birds or direct them to peck at a less vulnerable part of its body.
Actias lunaThe eyespots and folded wings of this luna moth look like a face to me when viewed this way. The leading edge of the wings are actually at the bottom of the image.
I have lots of photos of Luna Moths, but the silhouette of this newly emerged Luna Moth was irresistible.
Actias lunaThese two luna moths on an oak tree had just emerged in March, the first brood of the season. The purple edges on the wings are pigment accumulated over the winter months. Later broods usually have yellow edges.
ADELIDAE familyI don't know the life history of this tiny moth, but its long antenna must have an interesting tale to tell.
This female Spiny Oakworm Moth was laying eggs for at least half an hour.
Citheronia regalisThe caterpillar of this moth is the fearsome looking Hickory Horned Devil.
Composia fidelissimaThis is a mating pair.
This is probably the Doris Tiger Moth, but haven't confirmed its identification yet.
We stopped alongside the roadside where a patch of Flat-topped Goldenrod (Euthamia sp.)was blooming. The flowers were covered by dozens of moths and micromoths.
Synchlora aerataThe Camouflaged Looper caterpillar turns into this adult.
The caterpillar of the Polka Dot Wasp Moth can almost always be seen around Oleanders, one of its host plants; hence its other common name, Oleander Moth. This adult is nectaring on Flat-topped Goldenrod (Euthamia sp.)
Tegeticula sp. or Prodoxus sp.
Utetheisa ornatrix bella