Category: Moths & Butterflies

The White-marked tussock moth; 15 September 2018

Orgyia leucostigma, the White-marked tussock moth; Alachua county, Florida (15 September 2018). Continuing with our little run of furry caterpillars, here’s another tussock moth species in caterpillar form. This is the White-marked tussock moth caterpillar, Orgyia leucostigma, photographed in Alachua county on 15 September…

The Fir Tussock Caterpillar, 12 April 2014

Orgyia detrita, the Fir tussock moth; Gilchrist county, Florida (12 April 2014). Though not considered to be a “stinging” caterpillar, contact with the Fir Tussock caterpillar’s (Orgyia detrita) hairs can cause measurable irritation for some people. Fortunately, I’m don’t seem to be one of…

The Forest Tent Caterpillar, 12 April 2014

Malacosoma disstria, the Forest tent caterpillar; Gilchrist county, Florida (12 April 2014). This is a Forest tent caterpillar moth — obviously still in caterpillar form. This is also one of Florida’s most lovely caterpillars. With bright splashes of electric blue, orange, and yellow, not…

The Black-dotted Spragueia Moth, 02 June 2014

Spragueia onagrus, the Black-dotted spragueia moth; Volusia county, Florida (02 June 2014). The Black-dotted spragueia moth, Spragueia onagrus, is fairly common throughout much of the coastal region of the American southeast. A member of Family Noctuidae, the Owlet moths, this species sports a wingspan…

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…

The Imperial Moth, 14 October 2017

Eacles imperialis, the Imperial moth; Volusia county, Florida (14 October 2017). With a wingspan ranging between three and seven inches across, it’s hard to miss an adult Imperial moth, Eacles imperialis, bunkered down on the back of your house. It’s a pretty hefty and…

The Pearly Wood Nymph, 30 April 2014

Eudryas unio, the Pearly wood nymph; Flagler county, Florida (30 April 2014). Ranging throughout much of the eastern portion of the United States, the Pearly wood nymph, Eudryas unio, is a member of Family Noctuidae (the Owlets and Miller Moths). I photographed this individual…

Seirarctia echo, 18 March 2013

Seirarctia echo, the Echo moth; Volusia county, Florida (18 March 2015). Winter is slowly and begrudgingly giving way to Spring here in central Florida. I expect the caterpillars to start showing up in greater numbers. Some of the adult moths have actually already popped…

Nemoria lixaria, 12 March 2015

Nemoria lixaria, the Red-bordered emerald moth; Volusia county, Florida (12 March 2015). Small but distinctive, the Red-bordered emerald, Nemoria lixaria, is one of my favorite local moth species. Ranging throughout much of the eastern United States, we see this species year-round in central Florida….

Cosmosoma myrodora, 20 September 2015

Cosmosoma myrodora, the Scarlet-bodied wasp moth; Volusia county, Florida (20 September 2015; Nikon D7100). The Scarlet-bodied wasp moth, Cosmosoma myrodora, is a distinctive and vivid species ranging throughout the coastal regions of the American southeast and the entirety of the Floridian peninsula. Though it…