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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Handsome visitors

Two handsome moths visited our yard in Sebastopol last night:

I think this is Zale lunata, or the Lunate Zale.  Moths have the best names!  To fully appreciate the colors and patterns, here's a close-up of the right forewing (a small triangle of the hindwing is showing at the bottom):

The second individual was very different:

I think this is a type of maple spanworm in the genus Prochoerodes, possibly Prochoerodes forficaria.  If you're familiar with this group, please chime in!  Again, because the tones and textures are outstanding when viewed up close, I've zoomed in on the left forewing:

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