Don’t you think “Sunset Moth” would be more appropriate than “Pink-striped Oakworm Moth”? Maybe not. Now that I look at it again there is a prominent pink stripe. It was on my kitchen screen door this morning offering a photo opportunity. It is a species of silk moth of the family Saturniidae and is considered a pest of forests because it defoliates trees. Primarily a pest of the urban forest, it is fairly common but not often abundant. Maybe that’s why I don’t recall seeing it before today. Adults do not feed. Males and females both have the white spot on wings. When I Googled it, I discovered lots of people take pictures of this colorful moth. One article said they don’t have antennae but I found a photo with lovely feather-like orange antennae.
Stems of yucca flowers are so beautiful. Ants love them too so please avoid picking them.
This grackle youngster kept hopping away from me. The thought of flying had not occurred to it yet! It didn’t even stick its wings out. Must have just fledged.
Is that a Bactrian (2-humped) camel on upper right side of photo? What else could it be? Box turtle patterns are amazing!
I should have turned this photo upside down…FYI, it is a male. Please be careful to wash your hands thoroughly if you pick one up to move it out of the road. They do carry salmonella.
A Crayola Moment for all you frustrated artists! Yesterday I found myself driving behind my favorite color car- bright yellow, driven by a girl with bright yellow hair. Sky was bright blue with puffy white clouds. Take it from there! Would love to see your finished product!
Who ever heard of an East Coast cactus? Much less a Maine cactus?! In Maine they’re called “Holy Joe” in polite society. Down here in southern Maryland they are called “Prickly Pear”.
Close-up of blossoms and thorns. See those long things! OUCH!
A pile of Polistes wasps. Left photo is top view. See all 3 heads lined up like beads. Right photo is side view. That’s where you can see more clearly what is really happening. Crazy! Bottom wasp is smaller female. The pile moved around, climbing and flying. All the climbing and flying was done by the female with the males remaining on top of her. When I Googled it, someone said they’d seen a pile of 4 wasps. These photos are dedicated to my friend Tom Cullen to wish him a happy birthday!