A gorgeous moth beastie on the mountain mint in my pollinator garden, just one of several dozen moths, bees, beetles, flies, spiders and other stuff I found there the other night. I believe this is grape leafroller, Desmia maculalis, as indicated by the black and white striped abdomen.
A gorgeous Impressed Dagger Moth caterpillar (Acronicta impressa) - really *I* was the one who was impressed though! I posted a photo of the adult a while back, if you are curious, click on the species name tag below.
Thank you to all of the BotD fans, we hit 5k followers a few days ago and we’re well on our way to 5100. As a token of appreciation, here is an absolutely gorgeous milkweed tussock moth, Euchaetes egle, photographed in my yard late last June.
Special insect friend as promised! My roommate found this gorgeous Polyphemus moth out in the dorm open hair hallway. She came in and was like, “Erin, there’s a big monster out there.” I thought she meant there was a giant cockroach or something so I was like, “Oh I’ll go remove it.” But it turned out to be a giant silk moth :). I brought the moth in my room for a few minutes while I started a load of laundry so no one would step on it while I was gone. I released the moth in the campus nature preserve so hopefully it found a mate :).