Moth number two
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This moth is a classic example of how some species blur the distinction between moths and butterflies.
Its coiled feeding tube and relatively smooth antennas are more typical of butterflies where as its dull
coloring, over all stout and "furry" appearance, night flying habit, attraction to light and the
attitude of the wings at rest are all more typical of moths. Experts simply refer to this group as
"lepidopterans" and while most people would identify this specimen as a moth, it does challenge some of
the rules that are often used to define what a moth is.
This is a fairly common species, which is frequently seen in northern California. It will often be seen
at night, resting on a wall near a lighting fixture. Because, like most moths, it relies on camouflage,
it is not very wary and can be easily picked up. In addition to the views on this page I have images of
antennas, feeding tube,