A little follow-up to Night of the Lepidoptera...
It was a pleasant surprise to have Pygarctia species at the lights for a second night in a row.
Look at that abdomen. Just look at it. Silver and white, lined in red.
The red-head and dorsal side of the abdomen generally diagnosis this individual as P. roseicapitis.
P. flavidorsalis has an orange abdomen and an orange head.
Our previous encounter was limited; only a white moth with orange face was documented.
This time, a bit of motion affirmed an identification. And check out their range map!
It seems that Matt photographed a fresh male during this session with the worn female.
She looks a bit worse for the wear. But what a lovely (if blurry) face!
Oh, and Pygarctia neomexicana? It finally sat still!
And here's a link to why this is such an interesting critter for North America....
Edit: all images in this post were taken 19 May 2012. Previous posts were from 18 May session.