In the past I've posted an end of the year list of my favorite photographs. This year let's mix it up with a matching quiz. Can you match the adult insect with its immature stage or something associated with it? If you want to, leave your results in the comments. Bonus points for correct identifications. Note: Not all letters have been used. All the photos are from 2020.
A. She's a big-eyed beauty on a stick.
B. This mimic may fool you because it resembles another popular insect.
C. Often seen visiting flowers.
D. Flies away to the mountains in the summer.
K. The hardest of all, although the answer is here in the blog.
Now match the adults with their life stages or products.
F. Has a very specific host plant.
G. Sitting on a tree trunk.
H. Hungry, hungry.
I. What life stage is this?
L. Not an insect, but produced by insects.
(The answers are now posted.)
Moth are all about camouflage.
Although this owlet moth would be hard to spot on tree bark, it is also pretty well hidden on the sidewalk, too.
That is, until it flashes its underwings. Surprise!
National Moth Week started yesterday, July 18, 2020, and runs through next Sunday.
To celebrate, we will have some posts about moths this week, but if you'd like to get a a head start, try:
1. Amazing videos of moths and caterpillars at The Caterpillar Lab channel.
2. The Kids Page at the National Moth Week website (with free moth coloring book).
3. The butterfly and moth activities on our website.
Plus, be sure to check out our growing list of children's books about moths and butterflies.
Public domain image of Imperial Moth from the Smithsonian.