Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bicolored chloro-splat... wait, what?

Getting to know your local Chloraspilates bicoloraria? Us, too.

Just look closely. Very closely. It's quite the bug, no? Now who said they didn't like moths?

The fuzzy antennae are all the better for smelling pheromones with, generally a good indication that the critter is male. Apparently the common name - you'd never guess by the scientific name - is Bicolored Chloraspilates. Thanks, BugGuide. At least we can now pronounce KLOOR-is-pil-AYTS BYE-col-er-AIR-ee-ah.

Life cycle is apparently unknown for this gem who visits our lights on a regular basis. So much to learn in the world of moths!

These little neighbors of ours are a bit larger than a penny and tend to be regulars on the north wall when we blacklight, though we rarely exceed singles or pairs of them on any given night. We've never had double-digits of them, for sure. This individual was photographed in the presence of Jane and John Balaban on 25 April 2012, along with approximately half a gazillion other moths in attendance the following night. But more on those moths later.

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