36mm length. Found in rocky intertidal. Scanned from 35mm slide.
5mm length. Scanned from 35mm slide.
28mm length, found in subtidal. Scanned from 35mm slide.
7mm length, found in rocky intertidal. Scanned from 35mm slide.
Can't believe I actually got this close without getting attacked by it!
We also found a geocache here, completely by chance
These are the silk tubes the larvae weave in the sand. According to Powell there are several other inverts that weave silk tubes in sand, but the tubes of this moth are always attached to living vegetation, often early stabilizing plants like Ambrosia, but they are generalists that will feed on many dune plants, including Eriophyllum (shown here), lupines, coyotemints, etc.
Extraordinary morning walking the surrounding dunes of Oso Flaco Lake in search of a moth Dr. Jerry Powell discovered in 1972. Ken-ichi and I helped him find it: the Oso Flaco Flightless Moth. He'd not seen it in as many years. Let's be clear...he discovered a new GENUS of moth.
Acmon Blue female ovipositing in second shot...