21 October 2013

Monday macrobug: a gorgeous pair of mating moths

Posted by Callan Bentley

I found one of these moths last week while moving some logs around out in the woods. It was a female (based on its antennae), and had a gorgeous color scheme of black and white with a wide yellow ^ on each of its wings, and lovely orange knees. I brought it back to the house to show my son, and then I put it on a low rock wall in our yard. An hour later, I casually checked to see if it was still there, and to my surprise, it had been joined by a second moth of the same species. The new arrival was slightly smaller with big, feathery antennae – the male. They were mating.



Momma in focus:


Daddy in focus:






I spent about two hours trying to identify these moths on websites and with field guides off the bookshelf at home, but to no avail. Anyone have any idea what species they are?