spanish moth

When people tell me they think moths are gross and creepy but are perfectly alright with butterflies, I’m just like… what?

like, are we looking at the same bug here?

Cuz 

This

Is

Fucking

Amazing


Also, I really don’t think you’ve seen a butterfly up close before. Like, they’re really cool too, but moths are cute as fuck and butterflies are kinda creepy up close

Butterfly = 

Moth = 

There’s also just a lot of really cool facts about moths and butterflies, that make them both ten times cooler. 

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This unique hybrid moth design depicts a rare beauty of the insect world! Wear or collect this original hard enamel pin to show your love of nature’s diversity, your status as an entomology buff, or just because it’s too gorgeous to pass up! 🦋

The moth the pin is based on is a real hybrid that results from an unusual pairing between Spanish moon moth (Graellsia isabellae) and Chinese moon moth (Actias dubernardi) parents. With its beautiful vibrant colors and trailing tails, it is truly distinct and lovely among insects.

Check out my Kickstarter campaign for more information on the pin itself and how you can help make it happen! Please spread the word & thank you so much!

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An eternal stream of moth

Video by Pohjankonna Oy, a production company founded in 2008 and based in Helsinki, Finland.

Ailanthus silkmoth (Samia cynthia), Cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia), Promethea silkmoth (Callosamia promethea), Luna moth (Actias luna), Spanish moon moth (Graellsia isabellae)

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Insect zodiacs! We were given the assignment to do 11 small spot illustrations and one larger for our own sign.

Identification key:

  • Aries: Death’s-head hawkmoth (Acherontia styx)
  • Taurus: Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas)
  • Gemini: Golden drummer cicada (Thopha colorata)
  • Cancer: Isabella tiger moth or “woolly bear” caterpillar (Pyrrharctia isabella)
  • Leo: Jewel scarab beetle (Chrysina resplendens)
  • Virgo: Spanish moon moth (Graellsia isabellae)
  • Libra: Common water strider (Aquarius remigis)
  • Scorpio: Devil’s flower mantis (Idolomantis diabolica)
  • Sagittarius: Snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)
  • Capricorn: Red assassin beetle (Haematoloecha rubescens)
  • Aquarius: Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
  • Pisces: Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)

Tumblr’s probably making them blurry and awful, click to see them better. I had a lot of fun with these! It was a good chance to pull from all the cool bugs I’d seen already and draw them, and also to find some new ones.

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Finally got my cover up and I couldn’t be happier with the result! Still needs some highlighting and the feelers but I absolutely love it!

Spanish Moon Moth (Graellsia isabellae)

…is a species of Saturniid moth that is the sole member of the monotypic genus Graellsia. Spanish Moon Moths as evidenced my their common names are native to Spain and France where they typically inhabit pine forests. Spanish Moon Moth larvae feed exclusively on the needles of pine trees  and like other saturniids adults lack moths and cannot feed. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Saturniidae-Grasellia-G. isabellae

Image: Branco de imagenes del CINCE - MEC