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Common Morpho Morpho helenor

Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 28, 1984

Description

Morpho helenor ssp. tepuina Forbes, 1942

NOTE:

1) ssp. tepuina is considered by some to be a geographic form of M. helenor nominate (syn. M. helenor helenor).

2) Occasionally "tepuina" is listed under M. achilles.

http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=343478

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Scissors Grinder Cicada Neotibicen pruinosus

Observer

billreynolds

Date

July 22, 2014

Description

Neotibicen pruinosus (color form fulvus)
N/A, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, USA
July 22, 2014

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billreynolds

Date

August 5, 1998

Description

Automeris randa -
Peloncillo Mountains, Hidalgo County, New Mexico, USA

Automeris randa (Series)
Some specimens were collected at lights (August 1998) & Some were reared Ex. ovum wild female (same trip)
Host: Quercus sp. (ecl. June 1999)

NOTE: Locally abundant with a relatively limited flight window! It has been my experience, this moth can be seasonally common; however, doesn't seem well represented in collections. To the best of my knowledge, there are only a few localities where it can be collected along the Arizona-New Mexico border.

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Corn Snake Pantherophis guttatus

Observer

billreynolds

Date

July 7, 2013

Description

Eastern Corn Snake
Typical color morph found in the Tennessee River Valley of nw. Alabama

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Eastern Rat Snake Pantherophis alleghaniensis

Observer

billreynolds

Date

August 31, 2013

Description

Eastern Black Rat Snake, Pantherophis alleghaniensis

~5ft. long
descending a large white oak after successfully eating something (noting the bulge in its body).

These are still quite common around my immediate area and always a pleasure to see.

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Pharaoh Cicada Magicicada septendecim

Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 3, 2013

Description

Brood II 17 yr. Periodical Cicadas
Magicicada septendecim
(Female)

Pictured, another rare Gray eyed form

Specimens coll. & provided by D. Whiteman / pic's Bill Reynolds

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Polyphemus Moth Antheraea polyphemus

Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 1, 2013

Description

Multiple Antheraea polyphemus males attracted to a newly emerged female (female polyphemus ecl., Friday afternoon, 31 May 2013 / Males arrived between 2:30-4:00 AM 01 June 2013).

Approx. 4 dozen + males flew in between 2:30-4:00 AM.
(Combo of images taken between 3:00 & 4:00 AM)

This is one of our most common large moths in the southeast with several "overlapping" broods per season (flight season = late April-early September).

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Pharaoh Cicada Magicicada septendecim

Observer

billreynolds

Date

May 25, 2013

Description

Brood II 17 yr. Periodical Cicadas
Magicicada septendecim
(+ a few M. septendecula)

Pictured is a rare Gray/Blue-eyed form of Magicicada septendecim!

In these images are Magicicada septendecim + a few Magicicada septendecula (smaller). These cicadas were collected for program and exhibit use in the Museum.

Specimens coll. & provided by D. Whiteman / pic's Bill Reynolds

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Glover's Silkmoth Hyalophora gloveri

Observer

billreynolds

Date

July 31, 1999

Description

Hyalophora gloveri (Sonoran group), Female
Santa Rita Mountains, Box Canyon, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
July 31, 1999

Collected at lights
~11:00 pm
>5,000 ft. a.s.l.
Coll. Bill Reynolds

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Glover's Silkmoth Hyalophora gloveri

Observer

billreynolds

Date

July 30, 1999

Description

Hyalophora gloveri (Sonoran group)
Lake Pena Blanca, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
July 30, 1999

Lake Pena Blanca, Santa Cruz County, AZ
July 30, 1999
Collected at lights
~4:30 am
4,000-5,000 ft. a.s.l.
Coll. Bill Reynolds & Shiloh McCollum

Since "Hyalophora gloveri" does not appear to be very common in the immediate Lake Pena Blanca area, I thought it worthy of inclusion, especially since gloveri specimens from here seem a bit smaller and redder.

It has been my experience that s. Arizona "Hyalophora gloveri" populations are more common at higher elevations, usually above 5,000-6,000 ft. a.s.l.

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Cecropia × Glover's Silkmoth Hyalophora cecropia × gloveri (blend zones)

Observer

billreynolds

Date

April 19, 2013

Description

Hyalophora cecropia (+ gloveri) blend

Larvae and cocoons are typical of cecropia, while the adults are a bit skewed towards gloveri in appearance.

I've been trying to narrow down the blend zones for several of these Hyalophora species.

Of interest to me, are the cecropia-gloveri crosses, or at least populations suggestive of gene exchange. Unlike the gloveri and euryalus blends (Collins et al.), most of the cecropia mixes appear to be less stable and scattered along the interface of the western limits of the cecropia range. These populations are reported to toggle back & forth between gloveri and cecropia along the North Dakota-Montana border, sw ND & nw SD, and along parts of the South Dakota-Wyoming border (i.e. circumventing the "Badlands").

I have seen reports and material from Rapid City, SD which all appear to be typical gloveri in appearance. In contrast, material from just south and north of the highlands, adj. plains habitats, are often more cecropia-like (as seen here). Reports also place cecropia in ne. Wyoming (Collins et al.) and adj e. Montana. It's important to mention some of these MT & WY cecropia specimens (and associated pop's) are often flushed with more red than seen to the east; some folks think these characters may suggest past gene exchange (introgression).

As best I can tell, cecropia and cecropia dominant populations are most often associated with Prairie habitats and regions adj to & along the tributaries of the Mississippi R. drainage, while gloveri occupies higher and drier habitats.

I am interested in any additional observations and feedback!

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Cecropia × Glover's Silkmoth Hyalophora cecropia × gloveri (blend zones)

Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 11, 2003

Description

Denver (residential area above the city proper), Denver/Boulder? County, Colorado, USA
June 11, 2003

Collected at lights nr. gas station
11 June 2003
Coll. S.A.M. Bailey

Picture number 2 compares the "Denver cecropia" (left) with a H. gloveri (right) from Conifer, a few miles west of Denver.

This specimen of Colorado "cecropia moth" exhibits traits seen in both H. cecropia & gloveri and is very likely a HYBRID or backcross between the two. The distinctive red postmedial scaling is a trait typical and diagnostic of cecropia (not so for gloveri). Given locality, it would not be unlikely to encounter Hyalophora specimens with "cecropia/gloveri" influence - esp. since both taxa are known to occur in this area.

Hyalophora cecropia populations occupy suitable habitats across parts of eastern Colorado and extend to the Rockies where they are typically replaced by H. gloveri at higher elevations.

In the Denver area, H. cecropia has been collected on a number of occasions; however, whether cecropia moths are native locally or have been introduced into the Denver metro area is still in question.

For details on Hyalophora Hybrids & regions of introgression, refer to the following:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/522270

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Cecropia × Glover's Silkmoth Hyalophora cecropia × gloveri (blend zones)

Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 13, 2003

Description

Hyalophora cecropia ("H. gloveri Blend Zone" ?)
roadside amongst free ranging cattle - nr. "Calamity", Custer County, South Dakota, USA
June 13, 2003

H. cecropia ("cecropia x gloveri blend zone" ??)
Coll. at lights
~3:00 am
Coll. S. Bailey

Moths from this area are often highly variable, some look like cecropia, some like gloveri, and others exhibit a range of intermediate traits. This moth is a bit unusual for typical cecropia and suspected of being a backcross (per. comm. & per. observ.)

For details on Hyalophora Hybrids & regions of introgression, refer to the following:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/522270

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Luna Moth Actias luna

Observer

billreynolds

Date

April 23, 2013

Description

Pair of Luna Moths
Actias luna
(Spring form, "Actias luna var. rubromarginata")

Female (upper left)
Male (lower right)

Garner, Wake Co., North Carolina
23 April 2013

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Observer

billreynolds

Date

March 26, 2007

Description

Hyalophora gloveri
(syn. Hyalophora columbia gloveri)
(n. Arizona Group)

nr. Payson, Gila County, Arizona, USA
March 26, 2007
coll. M. Collins
specimen courtesy of M. Collins

Hyalophora gloveri (syn. H. columbia gloveri) is in a state of taxonomic debate. Although recently placed under H. columbia as a subspecies, there is emerging evidence to support its relationship to H. columbia may not be as close as previously thought.

For additional info on Hyalophora gloveri (syn. H. columbia gloveri), refer to the following:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/116365
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7769

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Glover's Silkmoth Hyalophora gloveri

Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 5, 2010

Description

nr. "Monitor Pass", Mono County, California, USA
June 15, 2010

Hyalophora gloveri (nr. euryalus blend)
Hyalophora columbia gloveri
Mono Co. (east side of blend zone)
6,550 ft. a.s.l.
Specimen compliments of. M. Collins

Hyalophora gloveri (syn. H. columbia gloveri) is in a state of taxonomic debate. Although recently placed under H. columbia as a subspecies, there is emerging evidence to support its relationship to H. columbia may not be as close as previously thought.

For additional info on Hyalophora gloveri (syn. H. columbia gloveri), refer to the following:

Bugguide: http://bugguide.net/node/view/116365

Moth Photographers' Group: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7769

The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
By Paul M. Tuskes, James P. Tuttle, Michael M. Collins
http://bugguide.net/node/view/2846

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Glover's Silkmoth Hyalophora gloveri

Observer

billreynolds

Date

July 25, 2011

Description

5th instar larvae of Hyalophora gloveri

Specimens courtesy of Dr. Michael Collins

Noting the variation in coloration of the tubercles among the 5th instar larvae, populations from this area seem to be poymorphic as final instars (all larvae pictured are also siblings!). Such variation is suggestive these populations/individuals may represent past genetic exchange between genetically divergent populations of Hyalophora in this part of the Sierras (?). Populations composed of H. gloveri & H. euryalus are known to exhibit similar larval traits.

NOTE: It is well documented that gloveri and euryalus exchange genes along parts of the Sierra Nevadas and Cascades creating some interesting blends. Dr. Collins, one of the most knowledgeable Saturniid specialists in the US, covers these points in the Wild Silk Moths of North America.

Interestingly, the status of Hyalophora gloveri (syn. H. columbia gloveri) remains in taxonomic debate. Although recently placed under H. columbia as a subspecies, there is emerging evidence to support its relationship to H. columbia may not be as close as previously thought.
The taxon, Hyalophora columbia ssp. gloveri, may be composed of several divergent populations representing distinct taxa and/or sub-taxa within the currently recognized "columbia species group", additional studies are needed to clarify observed differences.

The recent synonymy of the gloveri-columbia group & their relationship(s) appear sound, but may be incomplete. The issues of morphology (adults & larvae), host affinities and relationships, reproductive compatability, blending (extent of blend zones), degrees of genetic variance, and divergence patterns (time frames) are all continued topics & issues of discussion.

Please refer to the following for species status update:
http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/383/an-annotated-list-of-the-lepidoptera-of-alberta-canada

An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada"Status is revised for the following taxa, which were previously treated as junior subjective synonyms or as subspecies and are herein raised to species status: ... Hyalophora gloveri (Strecker, 1872)... "

For additional info on Hyalophora gloveri (H. columbia gloveri), please refer to the following:

The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
By Paul M. Tuskes, James P. Tuttle, Michael M. Collins
http://bugguide.net/node/view/2846

Bugguide: http://bugguide.net/node/view/116365

Moth Photographers' Group: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7769

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Western Variant of Davis' Southeastern Dog-Day Cicada Neotibicen davisi ssp. harnedi

Observer

billreynolds

Date

August 31, 2008

Description

T. davisi harnedi (Male)
Tuscumbia (alt. Hwy 72 & Woodmont Drive) Colbert Co., AL
31 Aug 2008
Coll. M. Reynolds (+B.& G. Reynolds)

Additional info on this taxon:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/416393

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Kasloensis Silk Moth Hyalophora euryalus ssp. kasloensis

Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 7, 1991

Description

Hyalophora "kasloensis" (Male)
Ravalli County, Montana, USA
June 7, 1991
coll. M. Collins

Hyalophora "kasloensis"
http://bugguide.net/node/view/374349

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Kasloensis Silk Moth Hyalophora euryalus ssp. kasloensis

Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 26, 1983

Description

Hyalophora "kasloensis"
Missoula County, Montana, USA
June 26, 1983
coll. M. Collins

Hyalophora "kasloensis"
http://bugguide.net/node/view/374349

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Kasloensis Silk Moth Hyalophora euryalus ssp. kasloensis

Observer

billreynolds

Date

May 10, 2010

Description

Hyalophora "kasloensis" Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Ecl. May 5-9, 2010

Refer to the following link for details:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/374349

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Columbia Silk Moth Hyalophora columbia ssp. columbia

Observer

billreynolds

Date

the past

Description

Hyalophora columbia (ssp. columbia)
Montague, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Reared: B. Oehlke
Ecl. May-June 2001

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Cecropia × Columbia Silkmoth Hyalophora cecropia × columbia

Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 15, 2000

Description

Hyalophora sp. (cecropia x columbia)
Montague, Prince Edward Island, Canada
June 15, 2000
Coll. Bill O.

These occasional crosses occur in the northeast (US & Canada)
For additional information on natural hybridization between cecropia & columbia in e. Canada, please refer to the following article: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4131001?uid=3739776&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=47698739510437
Bridgehouse, Derek W. A Case of Natural Hybridization Between Hyalophora cecropia and Hyalophora columbia (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) in Nova Scotia, Northeastern Naturalist, 13(1):29-34, 2006.

For details on Natural Hyalophora hybrids, refer to the following: http://bugguide.net/node/view/522270

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Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 6, 1992

Description

Hyalophora "Boise Idaho Complex" (Hyalophora gloveri × euryalus)
Boise County, Idaho, USA
June 6, 1992

Boise Co.
Coll. M. Collins

The "Boise Idaho Group" is a "taxonomically enigmatic" population of "hybrid origin" (Hyalophora gloveri × euryalus).
For more details, please refer to the following:
The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
By Paul M. Tuskes, James P. Tuttle, Michael M. Collins
(Text on pp. 213-216 & Images on Plate 29)

Like H. "kasloensis", members of the "Boise Group" are of interspecific hybrid origin (columbia/gloveri x euryalus), reproductively stable and occupy a distinct and somewhat isolated part of the over all "Hyalophora range". Although similar to "kasloensis" in appearance, these moths are distinct.

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Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 8, 1991

Description

Hyalophora "Boise Idaho Complex" (= a naturally occurring stable population consisting of Hyalophora gloveri × euryalus)
Boise County, Idaho, USA
June 8, 1991

Boise Co.
coll. M. Collins

The "Boise Idaho Group" is a "taxonomically enigmatic" population of "hybrid origin" (euryalus x gloveri/columbia).
For more details, please refer to the following:
The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
By Paul M. Tuskes, James P. Tuttle, Michael M. Collins

Like H. "kasloensis", members of the "Boise Group" are of interspecific hybrid origin (columbia/gloveri x euryalus), reproductively stable and occupy a distinct and somewhat isolated part of the over all "Hyalophora range". Although similar to "kasloensis" in appearance, these moths are distinct.

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Columbia Silk Moth Hyalophora columbia

Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 25, 2010

Description

Hyalophora columbia ssp. columbia (MALE)
Malay Falls, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada
June 25, 2010

Nova Scotia, Halifax Co., Malay Falls
2010 (25-26 June 2010)
coll. D. Bridgehouse

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Kasloensis Silk Moth Hyalophora euryalus ssp. kasloensis

Observer

billreynolds

Date

May 11, 2010

Description

Haylophora "kasloensis" (Hyalophora euryalus)
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Ecl. May 11, 2010

Refer to the following link for details:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/374349

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Dark Lyric Cicada Neotibicen lyricen ssp. engelhardti

Observer

billreynolds

Date

August 6, 2009

Description

Tibicen lyricen ssp. lyricen form engelhardti

Tuscumbia, Colbert Co., Alabama
Coll. at lights
W.H. Reynolds, M. Reynolds (w/ G. & B. Reynolds)

Tibicen lyricen: http://bugguide.net/node/view/12261
Tibicen lyricen var. engelhardti: http://bugguide.net/node/view/60925

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Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 29, 2009

Description

Neocicada hieroglyphica
Garner, Wake Co., NC
Collected at lights
29-30 June 2009

Coll. W.H. Reynolds & S. Cole
Photo: S. Cole

For details, refer to the following link: http://bugguide.net/node/view/10026

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Observer

billreynolds

Date

June 2, 2009

Description

Cicadetta calliope (floridensis?) Cicadetta floridensis -
Citrus Springs, Citrus County, Florida, USA
June 2, 2009

Usually a bright lime green with pinkish/reddish-tan/brown eyes (+ 3 bright red ocelli!), preserved specimens often loose their color and become dull green or straw-colored.

Cicadetta calliope and floridensis may be sympatric in parts of central Florida.

There is a central Florida variant of C. calliope (id based on the males' calls) that may also be bright lime green as seen in "floridensis", so it may be VERY difficult to differentiate the taxa unless the call was heard and the associated cicada collected.

Cicadetta specimens from central Florida may also be pinkish-tan, tan, straw-colored or orangish in some parts of the range (whether these other color forms are calliope and/or floridensis still remains unresolved).

The "Florida Grass Cicada" is abundant in scrub habitat (oak-pine communities) while calliope is abundant in weedy fields. C. floridensis seems to be most common along the "Highland Ridge" (~Gainesville south to Highlands County west along the Gulf - patchy east along the FL Atlantic coast of central Florida????).

Typically, males of floridnesis can be heard late in the evening in small scrub oaks. The sound produced by the males of floridensis is best described as a subtle clicking-buzz. in contrast, calliope calls from open weedy fields and roadsides and the call is quite different - described as a high pitched whine-buzz devoid of the distinct clicks heard in the calls of floridensis.

Cicadetta floridensis appears to be replaced by C. calliope in the northern FL counties along the Alabama & Georgia borders and in the western FL Panhandle.

Cicadetta floridensis: http://bugguide.net/node/view/375721
Cicadetta calliope: http://bugguide.net/node/view/185883

There may be more than 5 species of Cicadetta in the USA. For details on the Genus as occurs here in the states, please refer to the following: http://bugguide.net/node/view/185882

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