I love seeing the occasional cecropia or luna moth. It’s been a long time!
I have been unsuccessful so far in my attempts to get a decent photo of the raptors squawking and swooping in and around my backyard from dawn to dusk. There is a breeding pair of red-shouldered hawks which nest somewhere nearby each spring, and the whole family is out there now as the youngsters learn how to hawk.
Beautiful photo even if it pushes my Squeamish Button pretty hard
Oh, I know. Still photos are bad enough, but it’s much worse when it’s moving…
Apparently it’s a plume moth. Hellinsia homodactyla
Cool! From insectidentification.org:
“A Plume Moth’s narrow body and tightly collapsed wings create a unique ‘T’ shape. When spread, the wings have the appearance of a bird’s plume of feathers and when at rest, the moth rolls both wings into a rod shape. It makes for an unusual profile. When perched, the moth almost resembles a vintage propeller airplane.”
Yes, plume moths are readily identified by their wing shape. An example is the Artichoke Plume Moth (Platyptilia carduidactyla) that we have here in my area.
That bee does an awesome Megalon impression.
Had this pretty baby in my yard this afternoon when I was watering my plants. I put a big bowl of water out for her just in case because it’s really hot here in Connecticut today.
The wildlife gods must have heard my unspoken plea for more owls, because I saw this guy just chillin’ by the road while I was out for my walk this evening:
It actually let me get kinda close too-
Such a handsome owl! I believe it’s a Barred Owl (Strix varia). That’s the one I see in the daytime around here, at least.