Moth number two
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The whole moth  (scanner pic) Moth number two, profile
Profile of moth #2, about 20X seen through stereo microscope Moth face  about 20X  seen through stereo microscope

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 its legs, antennas, feeding tube, eyes and wings.

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