Found this moth friend on my window frame this morning :33
This is a really interesting one. Lyn sent me the photo after their road-trip to the remote and tiny country town of Mullewa. While they were wandering around photographing the wildflowers, they spotted this huge moth on a tree trunk.
I posted it on BowerBird, and some of us agreed it appeared to be an Endoxyla, but the tiny wings were a puzzle. As far as I knew, female Endoxylas are perfectly capable of flight, and there was no way this one was getting off the ground without a helicopter. Perhaps she was still inflating them? In which case still being out in daylight was suicidal.
But Ken Walker identified it as something much rarer and interesting.
The genus Catoxophylla has only one species - “cyanuages”. In this species, the male has functional wings while the females wings are non-functional. It is found in Australia, where it has been recorded from Western Australia.
This is a wonderful find and image. I just checked Google images and there are no live images for this species on the web. Yours will be the first!!! Congratulations.
So much kudos to Lyn for spotting and photographing it :)
I found this guy a couple days ago and I was wondering if you know what kind he is? I’m in northern Oregon and I can’t seem to find any matches :( (though the forester moth comes close)
Hello, thanks for your beautiful photo!
I can confidently tell you this is P. virginalis, or the Ranchman’s Tiger.
I have a tendency to keep working/playing on my computer even after lights out. If you’re in Colorado, you know we’ve had a big Miller Moth season this year. Well, last night a Miller decided to land on my computer screen. But because it couldn’t find a foothold, it kept slowwwwwwly sliding down the screen.
But he was SO DETERMINED to perch there.
If he would slide, he’d scramble to get back up. This went on for a good twenty minutes or so. It was really amusing. Let us all be like Determined Computer Screen Moth in our ambitions!
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Lil cutie I found on a maple tree in my back yard!
I moved her to the Apple tree in hopes of finding some babies, but no luck finding any eggs.
She may have been eaten before she laid the rest of them.
I’m not sure if I showed you guys the White-Lined Sphinx I found a while back. He was just chillin’ outside the window.
Caught this guy in my house so the cats wouldn’t eat him. Now he’s chilling I guess. Fuzzy
"Hi! I love your blog very much even though I am still working on my spider phobia : ) I am a fiber artist and was inspired by one of your beautiful moth pictures from Ecuardor. I hope you like it!
Thank you for all your awesome pictures and super interesting info!
AHHHH!! I LOVE it!!!! It’s so amazing! I’m so happy one of the critters I posted inspired you.