This tiny (10 mm long) Noctuoid is right up there for the most spectacular moth I've ever seen. Last moth of the night, too -- showed up just as I was about to go inside. Came to one of those amber porch lights that's not supposed to attract bugs. :-)
Big guy, 28 mm long.
Wingspan 31 mm. Lakeside cottage in W MA woods. Thought this might just be a worn Melanolophia, but that white spot seemed distinctive -- and indeed it was. Listed in Covell as uncommon; larval foodplant is ferns.
Abundant at this site (a B&B near a lake), outdoors & in. Have not been able to determine what its larval food is; some related species are indoor food pests (Pyralis & Aglossa sp: Meal Moth, Stored Grain Moth, Grease Moth), and I also found a Meal Moth indoors, so I'm suspicious that they may be eating something in the kitchen, but no data one way or the other. If anyone knows what they eat, please share!
Single individual, found indoors at our B&B. 9 mm long (head to baseline of wings). Such a striking little creature, but not what you want to find in your house! The abdomen curls up -- side view here.
15 mm long
14 mm long, including snout.
Small, very nondescript micro, 7.5 mm long. 1065 – Martyringa latipennis?? Depressaria?
Aha! ... uh, kinda. Matches bugguide.net/node/view/177125/bgimage, which is IDed as Oak Leaf-tying Psilocorsis Moth - Hodges#955 (Psilocorsis quercicella). Only problem is, I see absolutely nothing in common between that photo & the others under that species... Also looks a lot like bugguide.net/node/view/297755/bgpage, which is (not very definitively) IDed as P. reflexella. Well, maybe this gets us closer...
Ah, John Maxwell suggests Glyphidocera sp for the latter. G. lithodoxa looks like a decent match. No, scratch that, dead end: Per Jason Dombroskie: "There is no good external character that I know of for separating these two groups. I go by FW pattern and use Hodges 1974 for Psilocorsis and if it doesn't match up, I consider other gelechioids. The difficulty with Glyphidocera is a near lack of literature. I would probably need to dissect it, but my impression (=guess) is that it is a depressariine."
16 mm long, counting mouthparts (the long things are maxillary palps) but not counting antennae. Top view here.
8 mm long. Top view here.
Agrimonia gryposepala, I think.
Rubus odoratus. Large, showy flowers -- 4.5 cm across.
Not positive of the species, but think I've got it right. T. dasycarpum looks like it's well out of range, and I don't see any photos online of T. pubescens with nodding pistillate flowers like this. Leaf photos below (unfortunately, I didn't get a good shot of the underside). I don't remember them smelling, but that might not mean much! ~5' tall, growing in a low, sloping, meadow in W MA at the foot of a rocky wooded hill -- near Purple-flowering Raspberry, if that helps with the habitat. Color-corrected with Auto Color in Picasa -- original looked much more greenish, but I think that was probably an artifact of the lighting.
Got this picture just in time, not great but better than nothing, a moment later the beaver smacked its tail on the pond surface, and dissappeared below the surface, possibly back into its lodge to the right.
Only 7.5 cm long. One of several we saw. This is the eft (immature forest-floor-dwelling) form of the Red-spotted Newt. When it grows up it will become yellowish with black spots & go live in the water & lay/fertilize eggs.