Spodoptera dolichos, the Dolichos armyworm moth;
Volusia county, Florida (23 March 2014).
The March of Moths (or should I say May of Moths?) continues with one of my local favorites: The Dolichos armyworm moth. Ranging from the southeastern United States down through much of South America, this species is easy to miss at night but remarkable to see if/when you look closer. I find their wing pattern to be a cacophony of coffee and mocha textures. If I wanted to practice drawing moths, this would be the one to use as a subject. Their ornate figure/ground patterns are remarkable.