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I have a new obsession, obviously, moths. I love getting up close and looking into their faces. So many different “expressions.”

This moth is species Pero morrisonariaMorrison’s PeroHodges #6755

He is a member of the Geometer family of moths.

This one looks like he could blend right into a tree trunk and you’d never spot him hiding there.

I’m amazed that so many seemingly “plain” moths have such rich color, shine and a luxurious look.

This moth is really small, but she seems to be gold-tipped and clothed in satin. And get a load ‘a that eye!

He is a member of the Crambid Snout Mouth family.
Crambus girardellus – Girard’s Grass-veneer – Hodges#5365

This moth is my all-time favorite. I often see her (or one of her kin) clinging to my kitchen window. As I wash my dishes I meditate on all the wonders she represents that make up this world and time moves so much more quickly. Before I know it, the sink is clean and I’m feeling quite content.

This moth is a Spilosoma viginica Yellow Woollybear, a member of the Tiger Moth family.

Isn’t she amazing?!

I’m guessing that this is a moth from the Noctuidae family, but I can’t tell you more than that.

He has amazing gold flake-like glitter to him.


Have you ever taken a close look at a crane fly?

How about this close? What a beaut of a buggy beast he is!

This one showed up last night. There were two of them, but one just wouldn’t sit still for a photography session. An Isabella Tiger Moth.

She’s quite plain, although her color is very rich and elegant.

And get a load of those orange legs! Stunning.

This is a Pyrrharctia isabella [Arctiidae], an Isabella Tiger Moth

“Wingspan 5.3 cm. Wings with small black spots; forewing is mustard-yellow; hindwing is yellow-orange. This arctiid is widely distributed in western North America and is particularly common west of the Cascade Mountains. Moths fly in midsummer. Caterpillars are generalist feeders on foliage of herbaceous plants such as nettle (Urtica)”

This is the magnificent moth that was published in yesterday’s Chronicle. I wrote about him in my column, it will soon be posted on Lewis County Outdoors.

The silver spots on his wings looked as though they were bits of tin foil, glued on with a thin line of orange glue across the center.

If you would like to learn more about this moth, go to the Butterflies and Moths of North America website.

But be careful! You may get lost in the pages, cruising though to see all there is to see.

What a beast he was! His wingspan was just over 5 inches.

Such beautiful “fur” he carried.

And he was ever so patient with me, allowing me to photograph him from every angle.

His sticky little “paws” allowed him to grab onto the end of a pencil so I could get a really good look at him.

Sadly, this one is gone, hopefully he had time to find a mate and they laid eggs for another generation. This moth is born without a mouth and cannot feed. His lifespan is only four days long.

What an honor it was to meet this one.