Category Archives: Moths

White Satin Moth Eggs

Since I usually cannot identify them, I generally ignore insect eggs. Occasionally the eggs are unusual or distinctive enough that I can make an identification. Or as in the case of this white satin moth (Leucoma salicis), the female is … Continue reading

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White-lined Sphinx Caterpillar

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  White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) caterpillars occur in a wide range of color phenotypes. These color patterns are so different that it sometimes is difficult to believe they all belong to the same species. The caterpillars have four basic … Continue reading

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Ranchman’s Tiger Moth Caterpillar

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We probably all are familiar with tiger moth caterpillars, those fuzzy, orange and black “woolybears” used by children to predict the severity of the coming winter. I was always carrying woolybears around. When disturbed, woolybears curl into a ball. It … Continue reading

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Gray Dagger Moth Caterpillar

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While walking through an alder thicket on the Paradise Meadow Trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park (California), I noticed a caterpillar gorging itself on alder leaves. I took a couple photographs hoping to identify the caterpillar. Not being an entomologist … Continue reading

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Impatiens Hawk Moth

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My impression of Japanese insects was that they are often larger and more colorful than many of their North American “relatives”. Often I see them referred to as being “more scary”. I find many of these insects fascinating. This impatiens … Continue reading

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