Diversity: The Geo-Moth

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The average moths are seen in abundance.  They dance around your porch light or press themselves up to your window glass to peer into your home.  Most are varying shades of gray, range in size from minute to the size of a quarter, and we rarely give them a second look.

This lady was found clinging to the underside of my leaf litter corral drying her wings.  She wasn’t huge, about the size of a half-dollar, but with this coloration she was not to be missed.  I love the symmetry of moths and butterflies, but I must say I have never seen such a geometric patterning as this.  She is most unusual don’t you agree?

PLEASE NOTE:  I normally would have admired her for a moment or two and moved on, but I moved her for two reasons.  First because I wanted to get a picture of her and she would not sit still for it,  and secondly because I didn’t want the chickens to eat her.  After getting the best shot she would allow, I took her out and released her.  Oh, and how do I know she’s a girl?  She has smooth antennae.  If it were a male the antennae would be feather like.


3 comments on “Diversity: The Geo-Moth”

  1. I am so excited about this, but I just found out today that she is called a Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia) !

    Visit here for a view of other fairly odd moths:

  2. I never saw this till now! And I don’t see a date on it… when did you take this?

    Gorgeous pattern!

    • August 18, 2009. The reason you didn’t see it is because I thought I lost it… and I did sorta… If you look up at the header bar you will see that is got misfiled and has its own very special page. Weird, but that’s what happened.

      And yes, it is the most unusual moth I have ever seen!

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