The most impressive was this bruiser found by Martha's great uncle beside the Bay of Quinte, near Napanee. It was about huge - close to 110 mm in length - likely a final instar.
Eacles imperialis - Imperial Moth (Saturniidae)
Aug 9, 2012. Adolphustown, Lennox and Addington Co..
The next was one of the "hummingbird moths" whose day-flying adults are conspicuous visitors to wild and cultivated flowers in the north. Note the 'horn', a characteristic of sphingid larvae.
Hemaris diffinis - Snowberry Clearwing (Sphingidae)
July 17, 2012. Steel River, Thunder Bay District.
A few days ago this fuzzy character revealed itself atop a birch leaf in our back yard. I can't tell the bow from the stern.
Lophocampa maculata - Spotted Tussock Moth (Arctiidae)
Aug 16, 2012. Town of Marathon, Thunder Bay District.
And finally, here's a large (length ~60 mm) adult moth that was new to us (both the species and the family) when we found it washed up on the rocks after a windy night while we were camped on Nipigon Bay, near Red Rock.
Sthenopis purpurascens - Purplish Ghost Moth (Hepialidae)
July 24, 2011. Red Rock, Thunder Bay District.
This is of one of many boreal species whose accounts can be found in the very nice, entry-level Moths and Caterpillars of the North Woods.
Previously blogged moths:
- Ontario Moths - some brilliant photos from David Beadle.
- Requiem for a Moth - a 28 minute documentary from BBC radio profiling the knowledgeable, passionate and poetic souls who seek to appreciate and demystify the moth fauna of the UK.
- Moths and Butterflies of Britain and Ireland - a new app that hopefully presages the development of a similar ID tool covering New World species.