I spotted this little guy (gal?) on the concrete at the entrance to our garage, after I had driven in. So pretty much it sat there after the garage door went up and I drove completely over him.
Other than I think the image came out reasonably well, the real reason this is worth a posting is the rather silly way I followed it around with this piece of blue card stock trying to get a better picture. I tried to just sort of encourage it to walk onto the paper, but it would flutter a few feet and land (never flying terribly well actually). This was pretty much how it went for about 5 minutes: picture me with the camera in one hand and an 8×11″ piece of card-stock in the other, running in a sort-of hunched over fashion as I tried to slide it under the moth as it fluttered along. Finally it landed in the grass. As it crawled up through the blades I finally managed to get the paper underneath it.
I know practically zero about insects of any kind, so after searching through all of the beautiful and various images at What’s That Bug? I’ve submitted the image for identification. We’ll see if it’s anything interesting.
- Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
- Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
- Class Insecta (Insects)
- Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
- No Taxon (Moths)
- Superfamily Noctuoidea
- Family Arctiidae (Tiger Moths)
- Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger Moths)
- Tribe Callimorphini
- Genus Haploa
Two choices for species seem likely:
Bob Patterson from the Moth Photographer’s Group sent me this note in response to my message:
I’d call it 8112 â€“ Haploa confusa, with probably a 90+% chance of being correct.
Moth Photographers Group Website