Monday, June 29, 2009

Moths on the Walls

... putting their feet up after a long night of searching for a mate or food, they stand out like sore thumbs when seen against a synthetic background. Moths may appear drab at first sight, resembling the leaves or bark they normally rest on to camouflage themselves from hungry hunters. A closer look reveals they have colors as brilliant and patterns as elaborate as any living thing in the natural world.

Olive Angle Shades (Phlogophora iris)

Spiny Oak Slug (Euclea delphinii)

Double-toothed Prominent (Nerice bidentata)

Blinded Sphinx (Paonias excaecatus), male

Small Eyed Sphinx (Paonias myops), male

Small Magpie Moth (Eurrhypara hortulata)

The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix)

Waved Sphinx (Ceratomia undulosa)