Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Tiger ON My Tank

This pretty baby was on my car one morning this week.

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Look at it from the front. Doesn’t it give a distinctly rodent-face look?

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According to my quick research, this is a virgin tiger moth, Grammia virgo. The hind wings are a lovely orange but we only saw that in the photos and drawings of other moths. The hint of the golden body can be seen in the first photo. Anyway you look at it, it was pretty spectacular in its pattern.

By the way, the larvae of this species are some of those we call wooly bears, though wooly bears can be the name for other species, as well.

1 comment:

wlhawh said...

What a great shot. The red makes a perfect contrast.