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freelancing Common Rose butterfly
Common Rose butterfly commented on by freelancing Sri Lanka9 years ago

Wow. So dramatic. Looks like a space alien! What size was this specimen?

freelancing Velvet ant (male)
Velvet ant (male) commented on by freelancing Texas, USA9 years ago

If it's not a male velvet ant, then it's some other type of wasp - not sure what. While he was walking around a picture frame in my friend's house, he was sluggish, and not moving very quickly - so I wrongly assumed he had been in the house for days and was waning for lack of food.

I scooped him into a clear sandwich container with a lid and he made an audible noise that sounded like a scream (I'm totally serious) - it wasn't very loud, but it was the strangest sound coming from a wasp.

The minute I got outside with him and lifted the lid, he flew about 2 feet away and landed on my pants leg - and after I did the "Curly Joe" dance trying to get him off, he flew with great speed to the top of a tall oak and then flew off into the distance.

freelancing White-barred Emerald Moth
White-barred Emerald Moth commented on by freelancing Kaufman, Texas, USA9 years ago

FD - per bugguide.net, you were right - it's Nemoria bifilata. Thanks!

freelancing White-barred Emerald Moth
White-barred Emerald Moth commented on by freelancing Kaufman, Texas, USA9 years ago

Submitted to buigguide.net... it does look a lot like a White-barred Emerald Moth, thanks for the tip, FD!

freelancing White-barred Emerald Moth
White-barred Emerald Moth commented on by freelancing Kaufman, Texas, USA9 years ago

I've grown up seeing these moths hither and yon - never knew there was such a variety in things that looked so similar.

I have a home brew macro lens on my iPhone - or I wouldn't have been able to get shots of this critter's eyes like this. I had no idea this seemingly flat-looking moth had such large eyes for it's seemingly small body size... nor the type of eyes where you could tell the little guy/gal was looking at you. :)

Thanks for the feedback. I will submit to bugguide for analysis.

freelancing Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by freelancing Texas, USA9 years ago

Thanks!

freelancing Julia
Julia commented on by freelancing Texas, USA9 years ago

Thanks for the ID.

freelancing Potato bug
Potato bug commented on by freelancing Kaufman, Texas, USA9 years ago

Thanks for your ID suggestion!

freelancing Julia
Julia commented on by freelancing Texas, USA9 years ago

Yes, I was sad to see it this way, too.

freelancing Plume Moth
Plume Moth commented on by freelancing Manitoba, Canada9 years ago

Definitely a plume moth from the T-shape of body & wings at rest. Specific species can be tricky to identify.

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