fuck yeah, moths!

a blog dedicated to moths. all pictures belong to their authors; we do our best to always acknowledge the source.
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~ Saturday, February 15 ~
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mothmonarch:

chalkandwater:

Life (Episode 6: Insects, 2009)

It’s a Sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus)!

mothmonarch:

chalkandwater:

Life (Episode 6: Insects, 2009)

It’s a Sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus)!

Tags: gif Chrysiridia rhipheus
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~ Sunday, August 18 ~
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This is a moth I found inside my boyfriend’s kettle (I think it fell in during the night). But still found it looking so perfect and beautiful, despite its unsuccessful swimming lesson.
Original Post: http://my-shiny-veneer.tumblr.com/post/56254739201/just-found-this-moth-in-a-kettle-thats-gross-but
(submitted by my-shiny-veneer)

This is a moth I found inside my boyfriend’s kettle (I think it fell in during the night). But still found it looking so perfect and beautiful, despite its unsuccessful swimming lesson.

Original Post: http://my-shiny-veneer.tumblr.com/post/56254739201/just-found-this-moth-in-a-kettle-thats-gross-but

(submitted by my-shiny-veneer)

Tags: moth moths lepidoptera submission okay i know this isn't an id request but i'm pretty sure this is a common emerald (Hemithea aestivaria)
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~ Saturday, August 17 ~
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flikkerlicht submitted:

Hello, I’ve been trying to identify this moth but I’ve never came to be sure. It has distinctive white/black marks. The wings are more gray/brown than in the photo. The red spot seems to be a bald spot because my friend caught a different moth and it had the same kind of bald spot. I live in europe. 
Thanks for your help!

this is a pretty difficult one! there are quite a few noctuidae with similar markings, and since it’s such a large family, narrowing it down is not an easy task. the closest match i’ve found is the saxon, but i am not convinced it’s the moth you saw. i wish i could be of more help!

flikkerlicht submitted:

Hello, I’ve been trying to identify this moth but I’ve never came to be sure. It has distinctive white/black marks. The wings are more gray/brown than in the photo. The red spot seems to be a bald spot because my friend caught a different moth and it had the same kind of bald spot. I live in europe. 

Thanks for your help!

this is a pretty difficult one! there are quite a few noctuidae with similar markings, and since it’s such a large family, narrowing it down is not an easy task. the closest match i’ve found is the saxon, but i am not convinced it’s the moth you saw. i wish i could be of more help!

Tags: moth submission
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~ Friday, August 16 ~
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hardcorestitchcorps:

Beautiful work by Mother Eagle. Click through for close-ups of each moth.

hardcorestitchcorps:

Beautiful work by Mother Eagle. Click through for close-ups of each moth.


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~ Thursday, August 15 ~
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to the person who’s just made two submissions:

i am pretty dang sure that neither of those pictures was taken by you. in fact, one of them is a low-res version of a picture from wikipedia, which by the way is there under a CC BY-SA licence, and that means i am not allowed to repost it without attributing the author. i’m sure it must have taken a lot of effort to slap your website’s url on the bottom of each picture, but the photos are still not yours. what you’re doing is basically using others’ work in a way that violates its licence to promote your website, and i have half a mind to actually put its url in this post so that people who care about crediting photographers know NOT to visit it.

to everyone else:

the submissions are primarily a way of sharing moth pictures taken by you or your friends/family, plus other moth-related content (if you record a moth-themed concept album, i will absolutely post a link to your bandcamp, and also love you forever). i love receiving submissions! all i ask is that you briefly specify the source; a short “photo by me” or “taken by my friend who’s made a vow never to touch a computer” will easily suffice. i’d just hate to accidentally post someone’s work without crediting the author.

on that note — thank you to all submitters (who haven’t lifted their submissions off goddamn wikipedia)! seriously, it’s not just empty words when i say i love receiving them. y’all are super rad and you have no idea how much i appreciate you.

sealed with a kiss & signed by the head moth


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A large and lovely Pandora Sphinx Moth found in New Kent, VA ( USA )
(submitted by thestuntkid)

A large and lovely Pandora Sphinx Moth found in New Kent, VA ( USA )

(submitted by thestuntkid)

Tags: moth lepidoptera submission
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~ Wednesday, August 14 ~
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I believe it’s a member of the Sphingidae family. They sound like small helicopters if they fly by your ear; it’s a little startling.
Photo by me.
(submitted by sadisticink)

I believe it’s a member of the Sphingidae family. They sound like small helicopters if they fly by your ear; it’s a little startling.

Photo by me.

(submitted by sadisticink)

Tags: moth lepidoptera submission
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~ Tuesday, August 13 ~
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logenoir submitted:

Hi! We seen this moth in the middle of night while high on lsd, i was trying to identify it myself but then i though i could send it to you since it is a nice photo as well!
Cheers from Czech republic!

i’d say we’re looking at a Garden Tiger (Arctia caja) — the hindwings are a more vibrant colour than i’d expect, but i suppose a ton of factors can influence the colours in photos, and the wing pattern definitely looks right.

logenoir submitted:

Hi! We seen this moth in the middle of night while high on lsd, i was trying to identify it myself but then i though i could send it to you since it is a nice photo as well!

Cheers from Czech republic!

i’d say we’re looking at a Garden Tiger (Arctia caja) — the hindwings are a more vibrant colour than i’d expect, but i suppose a ton of factors can influence the colours in photos, and the wing pattern definitely looks right.

Tags: moth moths lepidoptera submission drugs warning /
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~ Monday, August 12 ~
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kerfufflecat submitted:

My mom found this at her job (in southeastern VA), but neither of us are sure of the species. :c The photo is from her facebook.

this seems to be a female Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis). incidentally, just the other day i got a link to cjwhiteshizzle’s pictures of a female Imperial Moth submitted to me, so check them out if you’re interested.

kerfufflecat submitted:

My mom found this at her job (in southeastern VA), but neither of us are sure of the species. :c The photo is from her facebook.

this seems to be a female Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis). incidentally, just the other day i got a link to cjwhiteshizzle’s pictures of a female Imperial Moth submitted to me, so check them out if you’re interested.

Tags: moth lepidoptera submission
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underthehedge said: Please tell me you're going to start updating again soon? Saw you posted a submission and got excited...

right now i have two more submissions in my queue, and after that i plan/hope to keep updating regularly. the moth is back in town!

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