The Dolichos Armyworm Moth, 23 March 2014

Spodoptera dolichos, the Dolichos armyworm moth;
Volusia county, Florida (23 March 2014).

The Dolichos armyworm moth is a Noctuidae moth ranging from the southeastern United States south through Mexico and ultimately to Argentina in South America; that is to say, it’s an impressive and hardy little moth. Where I live in Volusia county, it’s also quite common — though often remains unnoticed due to its size and brown coloring. The Dolichos armyworm moth is a prime example of a seemingly-understated organism that really stands out when you stop, lean in, and take a closer look. I find this to be an extraordinarily beautiful little moth.

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