Rothschild Silkmoth

Here’s a striking member of the silkmoth family.

The Rothschild Silkmoth has a transparent panel on each of its four wings.

If you look closely, you can see through the panels in the photo to see the plant behind its wings. 

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African Moon Moth

I think the shape of this moth is spectacular.

Interestingly, the African Moon Moth lives for only a week.

Strangely, it doesn’t have a functioning mouth.

Stored fat is all it needs for its one week of life. 

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Luna Moth

Visually, what I like most about the Luna Moth is the overall shape.

It reminds me of a stealth glider.

That, combined with the two eyespots, makes me think it would fit well in a SciFi story.

We could call it, “Invasion of the Luna Moths.” 

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Talk about Changes

The Cecropia caterpillar goes through five stages each lasting approximately a week.

As they mature, their color changes from black to brown to green.

This photo shows a late stage caterpillar.

Now, it’s time for the big change into a moth.

Talk about changes! 

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Pest or Work of Art?

The larvae of the African Moon Moth are pests.

It’s never fun to have something eat your plants.

On the other hand, the adult is spectacular.

I’ll stick to capturing photographs of the adult. 

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