Thursday, November 05, 2009

Moonseed Moth (Plusiodonta compressipalpis)

Observed: Under our porch light numerous time over the summer.

Range: Quebec to northern Florida, west to Arizona, north to Manitoba.

Larva host plant: Common Moonseed vine and related species.

Remarks: Wings folded as in the photo on the left is the Moonseed Moth's more common resting position.

Sources and links:
BugGuide Species Page
Moth Photographers Group
Moths of Maryland



SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What an unusual name Marvin and such a beauty too. I found one last weekend that had the lvoveliest dots on it and will post it next week. I am SO far behind on my scheduling. :)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What great photos of this moth. You have captured the subtle colors. I can see a twinge of lilac amongst the varying browns and golds.

Birdy Official said...

It's a gorgeous moth. The design and colors combination are unique. Particularly love the purple touch in the wings.

Paula Werner Severo said...

very beautiful! it´s so bright!.. very good job!

Anonymous said...

Its name is as exotic as its color patterns.

Lana Gramlich said...

The geometric designs in nature never cease to amaze me. Such a beautiful moth!

Shelly Cox said...

What a beautiful moth. Those kaleidoscope of colors is wonderful, the purple is especially pretty.

Jeannette StG said...

This moth looks like it's embroidered silk! Wow, nature is beautiful

Gretchen said...

Gorgeous shot, but I am not a fan of bugs!

Happy SWF!!