Wednesday, November 26, 2008




This is for all you lepidopterists......this was a BIG moth that caught my eye early this past fall. I was making supper, and it floated past our side door just as it was getting dark . It was so "huge" and colorful for a moth that for a second I thought a butterfly had her days and nights mixed up. So I ran to get the camera, but alas, it was gone. Then, a few nights later, lo and behold, it was back. It settled down in these branches and actually stayed there for quite awhile. The pictures were taken at dusk, so the color isn't as vivid as it was in real life (using the flash just washed it out!). It was as bright yellow as a swallowtail butterfly and just as big, but it was a moth. So, I had a Girl of the Limberlost moment for awhile there!! Just call me "the Angel". LOL
So, if anyone knows what kind of moth this is, feel free to enlighten me!!

4 comments:

MidniteScrapper said...

Oh, oh! Pick me! I think I know! =] Looks like a Brimstone Moth...check this out and see what you think. ;]

http://www.mothcount.brc.ac.uk/gallery.aspx

Sherry

Anonymous said...

Oh, Chrissie!! That's gorgeous. The orchids and the moth. Wow!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Love you,
Heather R

April said...

Ah, that's a rare beauty. Almost doesn't look real.

Simply Blessed said...

Toby and I found what we thought was a "tomato worm". We decided to bring it in and put it in an old aquarium. It started looking ruff and then one day it was in a cocoon. After a couple of weeks we thought it might be dead but surprise the most BEAUTIFUL LARGE moth came out. I believe your mom helped me figure out what it was but of course I don't remember now. Beverly Ballenger Grimmett