Lepidoptera and friends.

♥ MOTH MONARCH
I found your blog via your comment on buggirl's post-and I'm now following you both! Your blog is awesome and it's nice to know I'm not alone in my love of bugs. I have spiny leaf stick insects, and never considered a moth until I saw Fritz! He is so beautiful :) Happy Moth week!

Fritz was a lovely boy and I miss him sometimes! I hope my sharing him encourages more people to think of moths and other bugs as fellow beings on this journey (or at least neat critters worthy of appreciation). Us bug people gotta stick together when haters and rude people make the rounds. And thank you! Happy moth week! :D

What is it like to keep spiny leaf insects? I’m considering keeping other bugs that are longer-lived than moths in the future.


Do you have any idea why this moth is white like this? I’m pretty certain it’s a Polyphemus, but obviously the colors aren’t quite right. The uncontrasting white background/lighting doesn’t do justice to how bright ivory he looks. Not quite white, but not as tan as he may appear.
He was found in Michigan, if it means much, and didn’t live long after I picked him up. His wings aren’t translucent like the scales were rubbed off, though they are quite brittle and in rough shape, as you can probably tell. The entire underside is the same- a grayscale version of what should be there. I would think he was sun-bleached or something if it wasn’t the entirety of his wings and body showing the color.
Thanks c:

Wow, that’s very unusual. Something does appear to be wrong with the wings. I also doubt he was sun-bleached as these moths don’t really live long enough to get noticeably sun-bleached while alive, and you did find him alive. If it is a Polyphemus, it may be leucistic or possibly albino (though the eyespots look normal from this picture so it is hard to say). I’d have to put this one up for additional comment from my entomologist and otherwise professional fellows here on tumblr as I’m sure there are other possibilities of which I am not aware.

Do you have any idea why this moth is white like this? I’m pretty certain it’s a Polyphemus, but obviously the colors aren’t quite right. The uncontrasting white background/lighting doesn’t do justice to how bright ivory he looks. Not quite white, but not as tan as he may appear.

He was found in Michigan, if it means much, and didn’t live long after I picked him up. His wings aren’t translucent like the scales were rubbed off, though they are quite brittle and in rough shape, as you can probably tell. The entire underside is the same- a grayscale version of what should be there. I would think he was sun-bleached or something if it wasn’t the entirety of his wings and body showing the color.

Thanks c:

Wow, that’s very unusual. Something does appear to be wrong with the wings. I also doubt he was sun-bleached as these moths don’t really live long enough to get noticeably sun-bleached while alive, and you did find him alive. If it is a Polyphemus, it may be leucistic or possibly albino (though the eyespots look normal from this picture so it is hard to say). I’d have to put this one up for additional comment from my entomologist and otherwise professional fellows here on tumblr as I’m sure there are other possibilities of which I am not aware.

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blackhulkling:

I made a friend tonight as well. I’ve actually really grown fond of moths.

Does anyone happen to know what kind it is?

@mothmonarch @puffthemagicrainbowpony

I gotta start checking my name as a tag now, whoops

That is some powerful yellow lighting, wow. I can’t really tell if the markings are washed out or what. Where did you find it? I’m thinking Automeris genus but beyond that…

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