Archive for the ‘Moths and Butterflies’ Category

Flowers and Family

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Last weekend we took a ride out to visit my folks in PA. After picking 18 quarts of blueberries (with two bushes untouched), we spent the time moving furniture, launching water rockets and just enjoying the family time.

Here are some pictures of Mom’s flowers (and their visitors) and a few of the family on the swing.

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A few more in the gallery.

This Weekend

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

We had a busy weekend, but it was the sort-of nice busy when you take best advantage of that precious time away from weekday activities. We got a head start when I took off the afternoon from work and went to Pratt’s Falls…. and ice cream.
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Nate chose this particular moment to read his first word without prompting. He simply pointed down to the graffiti on a park bench and said “Hey Mommy, this says…”
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“…Ben.” Yeah, it could have been worse. Want more? Get more!

Yesterday, we spent the day in Rochester at the Strong National Museum of Play. We met our college friends Liz and Eric, as well as their two children, Clara and Perrin. We didn’t have too much time to visit, but it was nice to see them for a few minutes each time we passed.
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We took the opportunity to visit their butterfly garden. I probably would have had more pictures, but I had not anticipated how much my camera would fog up. It was very warm and very humid in the enclosed garden. Still I managed to get some after my camera warmed up.

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A good time was had by the kids of all ages.

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Lest we forget that a play museum is for children only, I give you this tidbit from one of the museum placards:
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More Strong pictures

We weren’t sure we were ever going to get Nate out of Sesame Street. He went back about four times, and we finally took this picture on the way out…
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Garage Moths

Friday, July 17th, 2009

You know, if you leave your garage doors open at night with the lights on… you can find all sorts of interesting moths hanging around.

Here are a few highlights from last night (and this morning).
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Butterfly Identification

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

I’ve posted some pictures of some of the fall butterflies over the last month or so, but finally got a chance to identify them. Thanks again to Butterflies & Moths of North America. So here goes…

IMG_6945 Nymphalis antiopa, Mourning Cloak
Valley Falls, NY
IMG_6950 Polygonia comma, Eastern Comma[1]
Valley Falls, NY
IMG_6962 Pieris rapae, Cabbage White
Valley Falls, NY
Another butterfly Colias philodice, Clouded (Common) Suplhur
Cazenovia, NY
IMG_7120 Danaus plexippus, Monarch (of course!)
Cazenovia, NY
  1. I’m amused to learn that there is also a “Question Mark” variety, Polygonia Interrogationis []

Moth with a surprise…

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

I found this large moth outside in the backyard. It looked like a pretty ordinary, well camoflaged moth until I disturbed it. It’s hind wings were bright red with stripes. This identifies it as a member of the Catocala (meaning “Underwings”) genus. I didn’t bother trying to identify the specific species because there are SO MANY similar looking moths. Take a look at this plate of Catocala.
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Another beautiful moth.

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

At the Davis’ camp near Unity, ME, I found this beautiful moth. It was quite docile as you can see.
On my hand

Perched on my finger

I believe it is a female Polyphemus Moth – Antheraea polyphemus (Hodges # 7757). BugGuide Moth Photographers Group The male has much larger (furrier) antenna.

Nate also played in the ocean, but I’ll want to write more on that later.

Additional vacation pictures are on the gallery.

Moth closeup

Monday, June 30th, 2008

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.

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Update:
Based on searches at Butterflies and Moths of North America, the Moth Photographers Group and BugGuide.net, I’m down to genus, but no species. Based on web pictures:

  • 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:
Haploa lecontei:
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=8111
http://bugguide.net/node/view/23290/bgimage
Haploa confusa:
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=8112
http://bugguide.net/node/view/25949/bgimage

Update:
Bob Patterson from the Moth Photographer’s Group sent me this note in response to my message:

BPatter789@aol.com wrote:
Hi Chris,

I’d call it 8112 – Haploa confusa, with probably a 90+% chance of being correct.

Nice photo!

Bob Patterson
Moth Photographers Group Website