It's National Moth Week!

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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Hey, bug lovers! It’s National Moth Week (yup, that’s a thing!) and I thought we could celebrate with moth photos, stories, and Q&A here on the Birds & Blooms forum all week long.

     

    Moths are NOT just boring brown or white fluttery bugs around the front porch light or eating your clothes in the attic. They are fun, fascinating, and fantastic! This post I wrote for the first National Moth Week a few years ago will tell you much more: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/get-ready-for-national-moth-week/

    Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

    Polyphemus Moth

    I’ll be back every day this week with more moth goodness. In the meantime, add your own photos, share a story, or ask a question. It’s National Moth Week, y’all!

     


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    MDgreenery
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    Now I will be looking in the garden to see if I can spot one or two. I believe it was last year (maybe around this time?) when I noticed a couple of huge yellow/golden & brown spotted moths sharing a bit of a love connection in the afternoon;-)  Seriously, they stayed locked together for several hours before they were gone?

     


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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Oh, yes, moths and butterflies will stay locked together for up to 12 hours! It’s the male’s way of making sure no one else has a chance to fertilize her eggs. The female often gets bored and flies off with him still attached while she goes about her business. :)


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    Almb
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    I believe this moth is called Eumorpha Achemon.

     

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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Gorgeous capture, Almb! Sphinx moths are all pretty spectacular, but that pop of reddish-pink under the wings of this one is extra special. Thank you so much for sharing!


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    wottwin
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    Can you believe it, I’ve never had any interest in moths and had only really seen them hovering around my porch light at night, then yesterday, after seeing this post, in the evening I saw a butterfly and grabbed my camera to take a picture. It flew away before I could, but then I spotted this. I think it’s one of those hummingbird clearwing moths. What are the odds?



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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Those are gorgeous shots of a clearwing! They do seem to love monarda (bee balm). And that’s the magic of National Moth Week – spreading the word about the magic of moths, one person at a time! Thank you so much for sharing, wottwin


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Here’s a moth that may surprise you: the Oleander Moth is a wasp mimic (its other common name is “Polka Dot Wasp Moth”). It flies during the day, and the caterpillars feed on (surprise, surprise) oleander. I think they’re cute with their little polka dots!



    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    nmdART
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    I just raised some Luna moths from caterpillar to moth. I made a public Facebook album. Here is one of the photos.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204110728945678&l=fd78612bda

    I am planning to do some artwork of them. nmdART.com


    Luna Moth

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    Jalene
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    Imperial Moth. One of the ‘Giant Moth’ species and of the silk worm family.



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    Jalene
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    Ailanthus Moths on Milkweed…
    Ailanthus Moths


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    LaurenA
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    CindyChris
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    A moth photo I took last summer. I thought he was beautiful.



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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    nmdART – I love that shot of the brand-new luna  moth! Please come back and share your artwork when it’s ready. We would LOVE to see it.

    Jalene – Gorgeous Imperial Moth. I’ve raised those from start to finish and never tire of them. And that Ailanthus Moth is a reminder not to overlook the very small… nature is amazing in all its sizes!

    LaurenA – That is a tough call on Promethus vs. Tulip Tree Silkmoth. I’ve looked at your photos and compared them to several from Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA), and I’m still not quite certain. It’s very helpful that you have terrific shots of both wings open and wings closed, though. If you’re really dying to know which it is (and I must admit I kind of am!), you might want to try submitting these photos to BAMONA to ask their opinion. Learn more about BAMONA here, and please come back and share the answer if you get one!  http://www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/attracting-butterflies-bamona/

    Oh, and a note to all new Community members: If you need help posting photos here, try this post for more info: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/community/topic/how-to-insert-images-into-posts/?view=all


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    Jacqueline
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