Tuesday, 4 June 2013

A few more Waterton moths

I spent last weekend about 30 minutes drive north of Waterton National Park.  After a week of heavy rain I wasn’t surprised when there were only 3 or 4 moths in the light trap on Saturday morning.  However, to use a cliché, what a difference a day makes!  After a dry and mostly sunny day on Saturday, Sunday morning revealed a very nice selection of moths, including 3 species of Sphinx moth (4 species over the 2 days) and a Glover's Silkmoth (Hyalophora gloveri).  So it seems that the moths are out there just waiting for some dry weather.  Aren’t we all…  Anyway, here are some photographs.  I’ve included 2 One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi) individuals as they show some colour variation.  I struggled to get a decent opened winged shot of the silkmoth so this is the best I could do.  The closed wing photograph is an improvement over last years attempt.


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