Moth Monday at Fort Tilden: Lucerne Moth

Monday, October 5th, 2009

I spent yesterday wandering around Fort Tilden, Jacob Riis Park, and Floyd Bennett Field with the Brooklyn Bird Club. Moths were everywhere. Most of them were large, skinny, and well hidden. They’d flutter up in front of you as you walked through the grass, then disappear into the grass where they’d hide behind a blade of grass. However I did manage to track a few to their resting place. Usually this would immediately spook them again, but I did get decent shots of a couple including this Lucerne Moth:

Gray brown moth in grass

Nomophila nearctica, Hodges#5156
Fort Tilden, Queens, 2009-10-04

Question Mark

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Question Mark butterfly
Question Mark Butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis
Sandy Hook, New Jersey, 2009-09-26

Moth Monday Visits New Jersey

Monday, September 28th, 2009

It occurs to me that a lot of the moths I’ve posted lately have been rather, small, brown, and dull; even if from a taxonmoic view they’re quite diverse. Thus I was really happy to find these showy Ailanthus Webworm Moths on Saturday’s Brooklyn Bird Club field trip to Sandy Hook and Richard W. Dekorte Park:

Orange and white patterned moth on white flowers

Atteva punctella, Hodges#2401
Sandy Hook, New Jersey, 2009-09-26

American Copper

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Black and orange butterfly
American Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
Sandy Hook, New Jersey, 2009-09-26
1/250 s, f/11, ISO 100, Canon 100mm macro with ring flash

Sweat Bee

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Metallic green Bee on leaf

Augochlora pura
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2009-09-20

Moth Monday: California on my Mind

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Last weekend I saw moths everywhere I went in Staten Island and Brooklyn. This weekend I couldn’t find a single one so we return to William R. Mason Regional Park in California for Hodges#5451.2, Parapediasia torquatella:

Crambid snout moth