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Saturday, May 22, 2010

By the porch light – moths in Yarnell

01 Emerald & Angle moths little house Yarnell AZ (1024x509)

Emerald and Angle moth by porch light

Mike leaves the porch light on all night which invites a variety of moths.

02 Emerald moth little house Yarnell AZ (1024x802)

Emerald moth from the Geometer family

During my last visit to Yarnell I found all these moths within about a 5 foot (1.5 meters) radius of the porch light.

03 Maybe Large Yellow Underwing moth little house Yarnell AZ (1012x1024)

Maybe a Large Yellow Underwing moth introduced from Europe

They were all pretty small, .5 to 1 inch (1.27 to 2.54 cm).

04 Unknown moth little house Yarnell AZ (1024x768)


And very difficult to identify, so please feel free to help with that.

05 Unknown moth little house Yarnell AZ (946x1024)


Even with my Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America,

06 Maybe Gypsy moth little house Yarnell AZ (1024x865)

Maybe a Gypsy moth, hey my namesake

and bugguide,

07 Maybe Dysstroma moth little house Yarnell AZ (1024x676)

Maybe Dysstroma genus also known as Carpets

I could only guess on most of these.

08 Maybe Eupithecia sp moth little house Yarnell AZ (1024x706)

Maybe Eupithicia genus commonly called pugs

Yet they are all beautiful.

09 Maybe Eupithecia sp moth little house Yarnell AZ (1024x404)

Possibly another Eupithicia

And I’m continuing to learn about moths.


blog with no name said...

I leave the light on so they can have a place to hang out without getting into too much trouble, besides, the spider and I have a deal... I leave the light on so he can get plenty to eat, and he won't come in the house and bother me! LOL

Janie said...

What a variety! I really like that second photo of the green moth. I've seen some of these around here, but sorry, I don't have a clue about their identity.

Diane said...

They are all lovely but I really like the Emerald Moth. Diane

Naquillity said...

those first two moth pics are my favorite. you captured quite the variety by porch light. hope all is well.

Diane AZ said...

So many different kinds! Now I feel inspired to go out in the dark to see what species our porch light is attracting. :)

Dawn Fine said...

Nice collection of Moths..I have no idea what kind..but enjoy the photos!

Jo said...

Lovely selection. I love the second huge unknown moth.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Even though they are small, they do come in the most wonderful colors and patterns. A great collection Gaelyn.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Mike - that is very clever of you. LOL!!

Small City Scenes said...

That's quite a collection of Moths. MB

Pat said...

That's quite a variety of moths. I have a moth photo coming up...

One of those looks just like a leaf. Isn't nature wonderful?

Carolyn Ford said...

So many different kinds of moths around just one porch light! Wow! My cat catches the big ones and lets them loose in the house...I run around with a butterfly net in the wee hours of the morning to get them back outside. They sound like jets flying through our bedroom at night.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Mike really knows how to attract some neat critter, love the green one.

Rambling Woods said...

There is a lot to be learned about moths..I need to get out there..great post Gaelyn...

Barb said...

Gaelyn, You've gone buggy in Yarnell! That new camera is taking some fabulous shots (or is it you?).

Firefly the Travel Guy said...

You do attract quite a wide collection of moths there don't you? Ever thought of starting an actual collection.

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