Category Archives: Moths

Cerisy’s Sphinx

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Many sphinx moths are excellent photographic subjects because of their nocturnal nature. For example, this Cerisy’s sphinx (Smerinthus cerisyi) was sitting on some iris leaves in our yard (Modoc County CA). It never moved while being photographed. I was then … Continue reading

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Ceanothus Silk Moth

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The ceanothus silk moth (Hyalophora euryalus) is found in woodlands and forest from British Columbia to western Montana and south to Baja California. The ceanothus silk moth color varies – rose red, purple red or dark red-brown. The fore wings … Continue reading

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Grammia ornata

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Common in western North America, the ornate tiger moth (Grammia ornata) inhabits meadows, clearcuts and forests. The adult moth has black forewings with narrow, yellowish streaks. The hind wings are red-orange with a black border and black spots. The head … Continue reading

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