Saw a lot of these.
Thank you to Hugh McGuinness for correcting my ID. 27 mm long.
15 mm long. Thank you to Hugh McGuinness for the ID (and to Joe Garris for help.)
Just gorgeous! Unfortuately, a crop/garden pest. 20 mm long.
Little guy -- ~14 mm long.
Not the best color (some green from the Hg vapor lamp) or exposure, but it's the best I got of this gorgeous little creature. Only 12 mm long.
Taxonomic revision (Lafontaine and Schmidt 2010): changed from Thioptera nigrofimbria
I love the colors on this one, & the shapes in the "crest." Species wingspan 30-38 mm -- I was distracted by the very exciting Leopard Moth before I got a shot with a ruler.
27 mm long -- one of the larger ones.
Taxonomic revision (Lafontaine and Schmidt 2010): changed from Anomis commoda
Not good color. I took this in existing light -- a Hg vapor lamp. Mistake! Looks white to the eye, looks dark blue-green to the camera. I corrected the color in Photoshop, but there weren't a whole lot of red bits there to work with.
Species wingspan 30-42 mm. Changed my mind on the ID. The Forage Looper Moth, C. erechtea, is very similar. Did my best, but ID help welcome.
These are quite variable. Here's another one, with slightly different patterning: www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/227858138/in/set-7215759...
Formerly Platypena scabra.
Love the purple shading. Formerly Bomolocha madefactalis.
These are quite variable. Here's another one, with slightly different patterning: www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/227857801/in/set-7215759...
Formerly Platypena scabra.
A lovely fresh individual.
Has very little of the dark filling in the yellow reniform spot that's usual in Renia, but seems to be within normal limits for this species. 23.5 mm across, which means a spread wingspan of ~30 mm -- too small for R. discoloralis, too large for Tetanolita floridana. I think the subterminal line is too speckly to be anything else, & antennal tufts (male) also match R. adspergillus well.
All 6 of my other R. adspergillus records are from June, and BugGuide shows essentially 1 flight only, so I was questioning the ID on that account. But this sp. has been found in NY as late as 8/30. Most likely it has a major flight in early summer and a 2nd, smaller brood later.
14 mm long.
Extremely cool critter, on my shoelace. By the swimming pool at our office outing.
Green is from the mercury vapor lamp.
Got 2 of this species; here's the other one (a little darker): www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/227860005/
Color on this shot is not perfect -- the greenish highlights are coming from the mercury vapor lamp that was used to attract the moths. Got 2 of this species; here's the other one (a little more white in it): www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/227860118/.
Somehow I expected these Emeralds to be bigger. They're tiny little things (at least, this species is) -- wingspan 16 mm.
Love this one. Isn't it handsome? Came to UV light.
14 mm long. The green highlight is from the mercury vapor lamp. AKA Sciota virgatella.
14 mm long. Thank you to Curt Lehman for ID confirmation.
Came to UV light. Not sure about the ID on this one, but don't know what else it could be other than a Snowy Urola; and the species seems to be relatively common at this site (seen at least 2X, on Moth Night and during the day). The problem is that it's completely missing the very distinctive dark terminal band. But the shape, size, and luster are spot on, and there's definitely a trace of the black dot in the middle.
11.5mm long (head to wingtip). Such a striking little creature. Saw half a zillion of these in a grass (for hay) field next to a cornfield recently, on the Rutgers Cook College (ag school) grounds (~5 mi from the Butterfly Park). Caterpillar foodplants are beets, chard, amaranth, & various weeds. Maybe there is a field with one of those crops somewhere nearby, or maybe they are feeding on weeds.
8 mm long. Tentative; vs Scoparia basalis. Mercury vapor lamp, park with butterfly plantings, meadow, small tract of deciduous woods, nearby suburbs & some agriculture.
MPG finally caught up with me on this one -- they didn't have anything matching it when I first went trying to ID it. This is the darker of 2 seen that date. 15 mm long, incl. snout.