Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mexican Agapema continue

(photo by Heidi Trudell)

Agapema anona dyari

What was an exciting new moth species for us has turned into an exciting companion being on the grounds at Marathon Motel. Repeatedly!

Yesterday, yet another. This time on the screen door on the side of the equipment room.
This time a female.

The dimorphism between male and female of this species is quaint, but noticeable. The female is a bit larger, and not as contrasting between colors in her patterning.

Here is a link on the species and some notes on a study in south-central New Mexico. Check out that cocoon. Amazing!

Agapema anona dyari

We now have encountered SIX individuals in the last two weeks around the property.

I'm hoping for number seven tomorrow.

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