This caterpillar has stinging hairs that are to be avoided.
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.
Agraulis vanillaeThis Gulf Fritillary is melanistic which means that it has more black pigmentation than a normal individual. It is the oppositie of albinism which is the lack of this pigmentation. Melanism may be caused by genetic or environmental conditions.
Libytheana carinentaNote the long snout of this butterfly. American Snouts often land on people because they love to drink sweat.
This female Spiny Oakworm Moth was laying eggs for at least half an hour.