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Large, colorful moth in the Saturniidae family. (Silk moth) 2.5-3.5 inch wingspan (63-88 mm). Males are yellow with tan design on wings, red on inner wings with eye spots of black, blue and white. Host trees: Willow, fir, Red Maple, Oak to name just a few.
On light, garage wall, and driveway near woodlands. Range: Southern Canada (Manitoba), Montana to New Mexico and east from there.
Spotted on Jul 3, 2012
Submitted on Jul 5, 2012
and 26 other people favorited this spotting
26 Comments (1–25)
Congrats Snowy on your SOTD
What a beauty! Congrats on your SOTD!
sungguh indah ciptaan Muu Tuhan ..,
Beautiful series of this fantastic moth! Congratulations!!
wow wow wow , congrats on another one Carol :-)
Congratulations Carol on your SOTD! What a well deserved recognition for the Queen of Moth-er-ing :) Beautiful moth & wonderful spot .
Congratulations Carol !!!
Amazing! Congrats Carol!
This is a good looking moth, congrats Carol
Gorgeous Moth..:-) Congrats Carol..!
Congratulations fantastic moth Carol :):)
Congratulations again, Carol.
Thanks so much Yasser! It is a lovely colorful one and so glad for this honor!
Carol, we kick-off the first ever Moth Week with this beauty which is actually part of the National Moth Week organization's logo :) Congratulations on another awesome Spotting of the Day! We thought is was fitting to have one of your moths start things off for us and we're looking forward to seeing what other gems you photograph this week. It's Moth Madness!
"The big eyespots on each hindwing of the colorful Io moth are a defense mechanism meant to frighten off potential predators. "
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/122... Thanks everyone... I found the female the next night. Take a look!
Fantastic series !!!!
Hi Carol, you're back. Good to see you here. :-) Beautiful photo, BTW.
Love it! Absolutely beautiful! Amazingly clear shots too Carol, definitely a favorite. Seems I spotted the caterpillar to this in Brazil. Congrats on 650 too, keep em coming!
I don't do anything special to attract the moths. I believe it is because I live near woodlands, meadows, farmland, mountains, large lakes and rivers. I am enjoying searching for moths at night.
Carol - another wonderful moth series! Congratulations!!
I like it Carol...good job!!!
Greeting from Chile ;)