Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Moths

First, all of these moths are dead.
Jimmy found them close to the brick plant and brought them to me.
The first one looks like a Columbia Silkmoth to me.
The other two I don't have a clue.
Notice the camouflage appearance of the last one.
If interested, watch for Hap's comment,
because I think he will come and id them for us.

Underside of all 3.
Look how much larger the first one is.

Update: The first one is a Cecropia Moth, the second one is a female Dobsonfly, and the third one is a Pandorus Sphinx Moth. Thanks for all the comments.

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14 comments:

Dar said...

I'm so captivated by the beauty of these intricate creatures. The first is a Columbia Silk Moth, beautiful.
The second is possibly a male Gypsy Moth.,
the third is a Pandorus Sphinx. All gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these. I'm hoping Hap agrees.
BlessYourDay

Darla said...

Gee, normally the dead ones are missing some parts. These are lovely, good luck on the id.

JKoenig said...

How very pretty they all are, yet each so different. When I was a child it seemed like there were always lots and lots of those big moths around, but in recent years I hardly see them at all.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Such pretty moths, Leedra... So many of them are NOT very pretty... You got some great pictures.
Hugs,
Betsy

Dar said...

Leedra, I will do my best to change my page so you can catch more of the entries...not sure how, but my sis will help this computer illiterate out. LOL... thanks for all of your sweet comments...I still think you have some wonderful photography abilities...awesome pics., come again soon.
BlessYourHeart

Mildred said...

Such intricate patterns. Very nice pictures Leedra.

Rita said...
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Rita said...

Could the first one be a cecropia moth?

Anonymous said...

Hi Leedra, just got home a little
while ago, found out you had a
few moths tonight, so I opened
your blog right away. Rita is
correct on the Cecropia (the first
one), I believe Dar is right on
with the Pandorus Sphinx Moth.
The middle one actually isn't a
moth; it is a female Dobsonfly.
They can give a painful bite with
those jaws. The male has jaws that
are 3 to 4 times longer and as a
result render them rather harm-
less. The cecropia & dobsonfly
are in the Kaufman insect guide,
and the sphinx was found on the
Moth Photographer's Group site.
They may be dead, but they're
still impressive!
Hap in New Hope (MN)

Connie said...

It was fun seeing your pics and enjoyed all the comments. They certainly are in good shape for being dead. You were there at the right time!

Susie said...

I had one of those camo moths in my garage last year. It was dead but so gigantic. I had never seen one before until then.

Dawn said...

The silk moth is beautiful!

dAwN said...

Awesome shots..Yep you can always count on Hap!

Rose said...

Beautiful, Leedra! I always loved cecropia moths.

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