Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bluish Spring Moth (Lomographa semiclarata)

As its name implies the color and patterning of the Bluish Spring Moth's wings do impart a bluish tint to them, making it resemble an undersized Spring Azure when in flight. Its day flying habit reinforces its butterfly-like aspect but at 20 mm in length it's much smaller than any of the early spring blues. The caterpillars eat Prunus spp, poplar and alders.

Nature photography is fun, challenging and educational but sometimes the pictures don't come for free. No ticks or mosquitoes this time but after stalking this wary moth through a marsh for half an hour the inevitable happened ...