Category Archives: Moths

Moths: Primrose Moth

Photo of Primrose Moth

Dawn (who blogs at Things with Wings) has planted a number of search images in my mind over the years, including several this summer of the Primrose Moth (Schinia florida). More than once she's reported finding these pink winged-ones on the (edible) flowers of Common Evening-primrose, where they often rest during the day. Last week, while on a walk in Falmouth, Maine, I scanned a few plants and noticed this moth attempting to go unseen. Thanks, Dawn, for widening my awareness, and perhaps, reader, this post will help to widen yours.

Photo of Primrose Moth

Caterpillars: American Dagger Moth

Photo of American Dagger Moth Caterpillar

On September 29, 2013, in Biddeford Pool, I noticed this caterpillar traveling on needle-covered ground.  After snapping a few photographs, I watched the creature assume this coiled caterpillar yoga position.  Later on -- with the help of the BugGuide -- I determined that this is likely a larva of an American Dagger Moth (Acronicta americana).  Have you seen any fuzzy caterpillars lately?