isnt nature incredible

Dryocampa rubicunda - The Rosy Maple Moth
Taken in Moultonborough, NH on Saturday, June 7th.

These moths are beautiful! And have so much variation. Tomorrow when the first set of photos post, I will include some more of these guys! They are so beautiful, and in my opinion are prettier than the Luna. These moths are in the family Saturnidae, so they are related to Luna’s.

The caterpillars are gregarious (feed together) on maple, box elder, and oak. They occasionally become prolific on maple and defoliate trees. The adults don’t feed as they have no functioning mouthparts.