Saturday, June 30, 2007

Rosy Maple Moth [Dryocampa rubicunda]

I had only seen this moth species once before and that was in the early 2000's. Yesterday we had stopped at a gas station and there were several Rosy Maple Moths on the outside wall of the building. A welcomed sighting of a very colourful moth.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Monday, June 25, 2007

False Crocus Geometer Moth [Xanthotype urticaria]

I glimpsed this attractive yellow moth flying in the early evening with sunlight shining through it wings. I followed it over the grass until it finally settled in one stationary spot on my lawn; then hoping it would stay in that location I ran to get my camera and it was still there when I got back. One of the foods this False Crocus Geometer Moth feeds on is Ground Ivy and we have a plentiful supply of that small wildflower in our yard.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Butterflies Seen - June 22

Silver-bordered Fritillary
Little Wood-Satyr
White Admiral
Northern Cloudywing
Common Ringlet

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Unidentified Moths

I haven't found a name for this moth yet (shown on the left), so I would appreciate any help in identifying it. It was very small; about 1/2 inch in width. I found it on a very dry, hilside meadow on June 11.

The second moth pictured here is another that I cannot identify. It was larger than the first one pictured above. I found this moth in a grassy meadow on June 12.
I think the moth pictured to the left is the same species as the moth shown in the top picture above though this moth seemed quite a bit larger than the first one shown. I see this moth often during my daytime meadow walks.

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

I took this photo while this Canadian Tiger Swallowtail was feeding on the Lilac bushes in our yard. Swallowtails are abuntant in our area at this time of year.

Variegated Orange Moth [Epelis truncataria]

I saw this moth along the Mud Lake Nature Trail in Quispamsis on May 25 '07. Searching for similar moth images on the internet I found a match with the name, Variegated Orange Moth.

This moth was very small, about the same size as a small skipper. The patterning was very bright and reminded me of woven yarn.


Very beautiful and fresh loooking with very strong, rich colours; it looks like it has perhaps just recently emerged from its cocoon. This Viceroy Butterfly was found in an open meadow nearby a river on June 13th.

To the right is a Viceroy Caterpillar which I had photographed in July, 2006.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Northern Crescent - June 07, 2007

Northern Crescent and Pearl Crescents are very similar and are sometimes confused with one being id'ed with the other.. The Northern Crescent is found in a more northern range such as our area is, tho some of their areas overlap each other. The wingspan of a Northern Crescent is from about 1 1/2 inches or more in full width.