I was going to blog about another moth today, but I felt that the weather called for one of the more lovely specimens we've seen these past few days. The Light Emerald (Campaea margaritata) is an absolutely beautiful moth. Most green moths start out a vibrant green color, but this particular color fades much quicker than do the colors of other moths. You can easily tell that an emerald is a few days old if the green on the wings has faded to a paler shade or sometimes even completely white! Margarita 'a pearl' describes this moth's very pale green starting color, most of which the specimen we caught still had. Kampe can mean either 'a bending, a change of direction' or 'a caterpillar,' describing the kind of way the looper caterpillar of the Light Emerald bends. The second caterpillar we found the other a few days ago was also a looper. The Light Emerald is number 274 on our count.
|Light Emerald (Campaea margaritata)|
|Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)|
- Post by Jane Wu