Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Largest Moth in North America

Posted: 4 July 2008 in Uncategorized
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While travelling to York, PA yesterday to visit my wife’s family, I spotted a large moth under a pine tree.  Daedalus was sniffing around the tree and this bright orange thing caught my eye.  It was very lethargic, so I imagine it was either sleepy (since moths tend to be nocturnal) or about to die.  My guess is the latter.  I was able to snap a few shots and one actually turned out.  Autofocus kept slipping off of it.  Were the patterns in the wings maybe confusing it?

This particular specimen wasn’t as large as these Giant Silkworm moths (aka Cecropia moth or Robin moth) can get, which is about a six inch wingspan.  But it was big.  What a beautiful creature.  I love the fern-like antennae and the speckled wings.

Cecropia moth (giant silkworm moth, robin moth) with black and white speckled wings and fern-like antennae found under a pine tree in central Pennsylvania

Cecropia moth (giant silkworm moth, robin moth) with black and white speckled wings and fern-like antennae found under a pine tree in central Pennsylvania

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Hickory Horned Devil

Posted: 6 October 2007 in Uncategorized
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Donna and I were lucky a couple weeks ago while at the park with the dogs.  We were walking back to the car from the water area where Willow was swimming when we came upon two people hunched over something in the trail.  When we got closer, we saw a giant green caterpillar with bizarre head spikes.  Everyone was afraid to touch it, because the spikes looked pretty nasty (an effective defense, indeed!).  The dogs were only semi-curious, but we kept them away just in case.  It was crossing the trail, one frequented by dogs and bikers, so the two people hunched over it were trying to protect it as it made its way to safety.  I took a couple shots, which didn’t come out perfectly, but should still give you an idea.

Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar or Larvae

Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar

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Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Posted: 3 September 2007 in Uncategorized
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Donna and I went to Settlers Cabin Park today just west of Pittsburgh with my friend Eric and his fiancee Julie. The dogs came along and we cooked out and had a nice little picnic. After going on the teepee trail, I came across a woolly bear caterpillar. I’ve always found these caterpillars really interesting, because they look so freaky. People raise them, since they turn into Isabella tiger moths, which are a pretty-ish speckled beige.

Woolly Bear Caterpillar at Settlers Cabin Park west of Pittsburgh, PA

After returning home, the dogs were wiped out, which is exactly what we were hoping for.

My dogs Daedalus and Willow lying on the couch after a long day at the park