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Old 01-08-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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Okay, I feel that moths are the 'under-rated ' cousins of the butterflies, so I decided to create a thread dedicated to the moths.

Please post your photos, stories, articles, etc. of the moths you've encountered in your lives.

I'll start with a couple photos of a moth that John and I found in October. We were walking home from Sunday breakfast (our weekly tradition) and strolled over near the bay. In the leaf litter, we found this large, very pretty moth!

It turns out it is a pink-spotted hawkmoth, Agrius cingulata. It didn't seem to be doing so well and appeared to be dying. I picked it up and placed it in my garden where it would have a more peaceful place to rest.

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Old 01-09-2011, 02:05 AM   #2
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Thanks Bridgett1964,,That's a Big Web-Site and the best way for me to navigate it is to click on the state I want to explore. The Luna moth is really pretty and I was looking at the Tussock[Gypsy] Moth that someone imported with the thought of making silk. I'd like to get a few Northern Catalpa and Tulip Trees growing to attract their species specific moths too. The main reason I want to attract moths is that bats could follow.
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:12 AM   #3
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moth Great Leopard Moth

This visitor took shelter in one of my concrete block work-bins last year.

From butterfliesandmoths.org: "Caterpillar hosts: Wide variety, including banana, cabbage, cherry, dandelion, maples, orange, sunflowers, violets, and willows." It has been documented in my county. Unfortunately, I don't see on that site any pictures of the caterpillar.

I have an abundance of black cherry and violets, and a few sunflowers each summer.
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Found this site with a helpful description of the caterpillar and life-cycle: http://www.hiltonpond.org/thisweek020608.html

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Old 01-09-2011, 03:35 PM   #4
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Here's a female promethea moth (Callosamia promethea; Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) that emerged from a cocoon on a lilac shrub near our house. In a very short time, there were more than a dozen male promethea moths fluttering about on the other side of the screen, attracted by the pheromone(s) emitted by the female.
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Thanks Bridgett1964,,That's a Big Web-Site and the best way for me to navigate it is to click on the state I want to explore. The Luna moth is really pretty and I was looking at the Tussock[Gypsy] Moth that someone imported with the thought of making silk. I'd like to get a few Northern Catalpa and Tulip Trees growing to attract their species specific moths too. The main reason I want to attract moths is that bats could follow.
I love luna moths, too! Most of the time, I don't see them until they are dying on the sidewalk. John and I want to plant a tulip poplar tree or two. Having bats around would be a definite plus, too!
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"Caterpillar hosts: Wide variety, including... cherry, dandelion, maples, ... sunflowers, violets, and willows." It has been documented in my county. Unfortunately, I don't see on that site any pictures of the caterpillar.

I have an abundance of black cherry and violets, and a few sunflowers each summer.
Cool looking guy, you have here benj1.

I have an abundance of violets, quite a few black cherries, maples, and am adding willows...maybe I'll get them here. I hope.
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This visitor took shelter in one of my concrete block work-bins last year.

From butterfliesandmoths.org: "Caterpillar hosts: Wide variety, including banana, cabbage, cherry, dandelion, maples, orange, sunflowers, violets, and willows." It has been documented in my county. Unfortunately, I don't see on that site any pictures of the caterpillar.

I have an abundance of black cherry and violets, and a few sunflowers each summer.
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Found this site with a helpful description of the caterpillar and life-cycle: http://www.hiltonpond.org/thisweek020608.html
What a beautiful moth, Benji! I don't think I've ever seen one of these guys before. Really cool caterpillar, too. It is interesting to find out how many moths don't eat as adults.
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Here's a female promethea moth (Callosamia promethea; Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) that emerged from a cocoon on a lilac shrub near our house. In a very short time, there were more than a dozen male promethea moths fluttering about on the other side of the screen, attracted by the pheromone(s) emitted by the female.
Beauty, Suunto! How long do moths of this sort (the kind that don't eat as adults) generally live after eclosing/emerging from its cocoon?
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Beauty, Suunto! How long do moths of this sort (the kind that don't eat as adults) generally live after eclosing/emerging from its cocoon?
Usually something like a week to 10 days or so; basically long enough to find a mate, and then a suitable host plant for egg deposition. Their beauty certainly appears fleeting...
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...The Luna moth is really pretty... I'd like to get a few Northern Catalpa and Tulip Trees growing to attract their species specific moths too. The main reason I want to attract moths is that bats could follow.
I planted a tulip tree or two--seedlings, but the neighbor has a mature one and there are several Catalpa on the edge of our property and beyond. I thought they were native farther south, but am happy to hear they are hosts to some moths...is the Luna one of them?

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I love luna moths, too! Most of the time, I don't see them until they are dying on the sidewalk. John and I want to plant a tulip poplar tree or two. Having bats around would be a definite plus, too!
I have only seen one in my lifetime and it was just one wing on the shoulder of the road I walk.

Bats would be cool. I think I did have some visit the yard last year.

Oh, BTW, sprucetree, I just noticed your signature--what a great quote!
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