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10-Aug-2022 Christine Hanrahan

Small bird-dropping moth (Ponometia erastrioides), #9095

Larose Forest

For the August Challenge -"It Caught My Eye".

I was skirting a large ditch by the trail when I noticed this small moth on Joe-pye weed, which made an attractive backdrop for it. The larvae of this species feed on Ragweeds. "Bird-dropping" refers to the presumed resemblance to a bird dropping which should deter a predator.

To see what catches the eye of others in the August challenge:

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Mieke WA Minkjan24-Aug-2022 15:13
a wondfrul photo V
carol j. phipps22-Aug-2022 16:59
I missed this somehow. Interesting in all respects. V
Fabienne21-Aug-2022 19:13
Il est superbe dans cette herbe rosée. C’est magnifique macro.
Dennis Hoyne21-Aug-2022 03:56
Nice catch ! Such an excellent name for this moth, quite appropriate.
Carl Carbone21-Aug-2022 00:04
Cool to see on the Joe-pye Weed!
Hank Vander Velde20-Aug-2022 23:46
Nice sharp shot of this appropriately named moth Christine.
Pierre Martin20-Aug-2022 23:21
superb picture and sharp details, a rarely seen moth!
Helen Betts20-Aug-2022 23:18
Great shot of this interesting looking and named moth. V.
Isabel Cutler20-Aug-2022 22:34
The scales(?) look more like feathers. Very pretty! V.
Liz Bickel20-Aug-2022 22:06
Cool capture. Amazing how insects mimic other things in nature. The backdrop is perfect, too.
globalgadabout20-Aug-2022 22:05
possibly pooped and so having a rest...
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