We were visited yesterday afternoon by Dr. Chesmore. Unfortunately, due to the wet and windy weather, we were unable to attract any Clearwing moths. Dr. Chesmore did, however, manage to collect some sawfly larvae, inspect our moth lithograph books, and help to identify and confirm plenty more species - all just in time before I leave!
The Argyresthia albistria is a perky little micro-moth that had some great fun wiggling its little antennae around. We have had at least three of these so far. The one photographed above was by far the most pleasant-natured one - it was the only one that didn't zip off to who-knows-where. While this micro-moth doesn't have it, most members of its genus have a metallic sheen on their forewings, from arguros 'silver' and esthes 'dress.' I think the fiery red coat makes up for it though. The color suits the Argyresthia albistria's personality more. Albus 'white' and stria 'a streak' put a name to its little white 'hat' and 'trimmings.'
I don't wish to try your patience and bombard you with grey triangle-shaped micro-moths, but the one below did land in a beautiful multi-colored spot on the brick on the back of the house. This micro-moth is the Scoparia subfusca and is the largest of the grey triangle-shaped micro-moths. It was positioned on the ground ready to be photographed, but I think it felt as if it needed somewhere more glamorous to rest. It ended up high on the brick wall. I had to stand on a very wobbly stool to get close enough for this shot. It turned out really nicely so it was well worth it. Scopae 'twigs' or 'a besom,' which is a type of broom made of twigs, describes the shape of the genus' facial palps. I've never thought of them like that but I suppose they do look rather bushy and broom-like. Subfuscus 'brownish' merely describes the ground color of the wings.
|The Engrailed (Ectropis bistortata)|
|Bob Shandy, the Poplar Hawk-moth|
|Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi)|
Since it's my second-to-last-day, my co-workers Kate and Elinor surprised me with going-away gifts, one of which included a hand-knitted Poplar Hawk-moth! I figured that since this is a moth blog, it would be fun to show it, paired with a lithograph from the moth book that Dr. Chesmore admired. I think Kate did an excellent job with it! It even has fuzzy little antennae! We've decided to name it Bob Shandy, after Shandy Hall and the first name I could come up with, which was Bob.
The Shandy Hall moth count is now at 310!
- Post by Jane Wu