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Mournful Thyris

Thyris sepulchralis

Description:

Black wings with a large median and other smaller white spots; those at margin give wings a ragged look. Hindwing has white median patch. Wingspan 15-23 mm. Conspicuous when seen flying in daytime because of bold pattern.

Habitat:

Texas Laurel in a wildlife habitat garden. Photo 1 actually has two on the same bloom, second wing and abdomen slightly visible.

Notes:

Spent 2 hours on March 20 chasing this kind of moth down a trail. This morning they are all over the blooms on the spirea and Texas laurel.

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10 Comments

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Their host plant is grape, so they are considered a pest by some. You will have to come East to get a photo of one. They fly April to Aug, :)

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Thanks Rieko, Lauren and Jakubko :)

Gator, they are so worth the effort, I cannot get enough of them ever since you posted one !

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Gorgeous! I especially love the second photo!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Wow! Very very nice!

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Beautiful.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Thanks Carol :) I start looking for them when the Redbuds bloom. They were really happy on the Texas Laurel blooms. They really blended in on the Bridal veil spirea blooms and then I would see them fly. Great morning :)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Oh my! WOW! Look at them all. Last summer I had the pleasure of introduction to these amazing moths. Wonderful!

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Thanks Reza. They are tiny, but beautiful. That is what made me run after it last week for 2 hours. Had I known they were coming to me, I would have waited. :)

Gorgeous !

gatorfellows
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gatorfellows

Denton, Texas, USA

Spotted on Mar 27, 2013
Submitted on Mar 30, 2013

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