Friday, August 10, 2007

Leconte's and Confused Hapola Moths

I almost quit trying to get a photo of this Leconte's Hapola Moth(left) for I had to keep following it around my lawn and flower beds for what seemed to me an enormous amount of time before I finally got its picture. I was quite sure I hadn't seen this particular moth before but it did look vaguely familiar. Checking through my photo archives I found a photo of a Confused Haploa (right) which I had taken last year, in July '06. The two moths look very similar but, although the brown colouring is the same, the patterning is different. The Leconte's Haploa has a dark brown line extending down the margin of the forward wing with a couple of short spurs extending inward from it.

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