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Adult Moths

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, one finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir (1838-1914)

  1. Luna Moth Eye

    Actias luna
    This 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.

  2. Luna Moth Eyes

    Actias luna
    The 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.

  3. Luna Moth

    Actias luna
    I have lots of photos of Luna Moths, but the silhouette of this newly emerged Luna Moth was irresistible.

  4. Luna Moths

    Actias luna
    These 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.

  5. Fairy Moth

    ADELIDAE family
    I don't know the life history of this tiny moth, but its long antenna must have an interesting tale to tell.

  6. Eight-spotted Forester Moth

    Alypia octomaculata

  7. Walnut Sphinx Moth

    Amorpha juglandis

  8. Nessus Sphinx Moth

    Amphion floridensis

  9. Spiny Oakworm Moth

    Anisota stigma
    This female Spiny Oakworm Moth was laying eggs for at least half an hour.

  10. Polyphemus Moth

    Antheraea polyphemus

  11. Polyphemus Moth

    Antheraea polyphemus

  12. Polyphemus Moth

    Antheraea polyphemus

  13. Short-lined Chocolate Moth

    Argyrostrotis anilis

  14. Ailanthus webworm moth

    Atteva aurea

  15. Io Moth

    Automeris io

  16. Female Promethea Moth

    Callosamia promethea

  17. Male Promethea Moth

    Callosamia promethea

  18. Regal Moth

    Citheronia regalis
    The caterpillar of this moth is the fearsome looking Hickory Horned Devil.

  19. Faithful Beauty Moths

    Composia fidelissima
    This is a mating pair.

  20. Scarlet-bodied Wasp Moth

    Cosmosoma myrodora

  21. Rosy Maple Moth

    Dryocampa rubicunda