Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Slug Moth, and Company

Apparently my thing now is sharing pictures of crazy moths. Well, as long as they keep showing up at my porch, I'll keep taking pictures of them!

My new moth friend is this guy, who I met last night:

It's a Smaller Parasa (Parasa chloris), a type of slug moth -- a name which makes sense when you consider the totally weird caterpillars these moths come from. (I'd love to find one of those things someday!)

I really just think this moth is adorable. It's fairly small, probably about half an inch long, and it somehow reminds me of a cross between something hulking and fuzzy (a yak, or a yeti), a treefrog, and a bat. I especially see the bat component from this angle:

What a fun little creature!

Other moths hanging around last night were a little more normal-looking, but still gorgeous -- like this Lesser Maple Spanworm (Speranza pustularia):

Moths are cool!


  1. Do you know of The Naturalist Guy on FB? https://www.facebook.com/KennyCreature - he's been posting some amazing moths.

    The slug moth is totally improbable! What an outfit! :-)

    1. I didn't know of The Naturalist Guy before -- those are some cool moths!