Monday, May 21, 2012

Copanarta aurea

A lovely creature with no common name... Copanarta aurea is one with a strange personal past. My first encounter with it was last summer - 2 Aug 2011 if my scribbles are legible and correct. It showed up at a blacklighting session at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute in Jeff Davis Co. during the summer Entomology course. For those so inclined, Sul Ross State University is conveniently located in very buggy country!

Our ill-fated little friend was one that never stopped for photos at the light, and at first glance, there was nothing spectacular about a small gray corpse.

Click here for bugguide's page on Copanarta aurea!

Bottom center - a very unassuming pose.

Spreading to dry. Below, in the collection. And in good company, if I say so myself.

Thankfully the Copanarta aurea who visited our lights (Brewster Co, this time) on 18 May 2012 did at least allow a few photos to be snapped in spite of never slowing. Check the range map...

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