August 06, 2003

Pale Mute Beauty

Image copyright Fred First
I remember seeing this moth for the first time on a hot summer night next to a front porch light in one of our housing incarnations in Alabama, North Carolina or Virginia-- I'm not sure which. It was outside our back door one night this week, and there the next day so I could take it's portrait. I have never known the common or scientific name for this creature and would appreciate it if you'd tell me if you know. Til then, this pastel moth of warm summer nights I shall dub the "Dreamsicle Moth" or the "Sherbert Moth".

Posted by fred1st at August 6, 2003 09:34 AM | TrackBack

Wow! Amazing. I've never seen a moth like that. It looks tropical.

Posted by: Fran at August 6, 2003 05:57 PM

It has the form of a Royal Walnut Moth/Regal Moth that is in A Golden Guide to Butterflies and Moths. The color doesn't look the same and your moth is so brilliant that it's hard for me to discern a pattern; but how many moths can there be with that form? (I feel like a fool trying to even suggest anything to someone who has your background; but....)

Posted by: Cop Car at August 6, 2003 07:40 PM

I've seen moths like that up here on occasion. Never knew what the name was though.

Posted by: bogie at August 7, 2003 06:40 AM

My guess is that it is some member of the family Saturniidae, possibly some type of oakworm moth. I understand there can be a lot of variability even within a given species. Sure is pretty, though.

Posted by: Curt at August 7, 2003 09:25 AM

My children disappeared today and when I finally found them walking back up the road I had found out they went moth hunting. Well, they showed me what they found and I was curious to find out what type of moth it was. I went to Google and searched the images of "moth" came up with yours.
I looked through your site to find out what it was and you didn't even know. Well here it is. Went and did a little more searching and found Dryocampa Rubicunda people call it the "Rosy Maple Moth"

Posted by: Terry at May 22, 2004 12:19 PM

I found one of these beautiful little creatures sitting on the side lite next to the door at work. It was the first I'd ever seen. I'm glad you posted this picture. No one here had ever seen one before either. We are in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Posted by: P. Drolet at July 15, 2004 08:58 AM

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