Moth closeup

June 30th, 2008 by Chris

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

2 Responses to “Moth closeup”

  1. Heidi Says:

    I wish Kristin would have snapped a picture of this process. Woulda been a keeper!

  2. Chris Says:

    Updated with genus information… we’re narrowing in. I’ve submitted the record, so we’ll see if they can confirm my identification.