Syngamia florella:  A  DAY FLYING MICROMOTH by May Lattanzio

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Years ago with my 3 megapixel Canon, I photographed a startlingly beautiful “micromoth”, I had never seen. It flew low in the Spanish Needles (Bidens alba) seeking cover under leaves when not nectaring in the lower flowers.

I sent the photo to Dr. James Adams, Professor of Biology at Dalton State College in GA), who has a passion for lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and he graciously included it on his site.

It’s been a pretty good season here for butterflies and moths – not great as in other years past, but good. I saw a Florella in the Spanish Needles outside my fence, and yesterday, took a walk with my camera, just in case.

I got lucky and it was a complete surprise. 10:30 a.m., in an overcast, slight breeze on the roadside, in a low growing patch of Spanish Needles which has been ruthlessly mowed (the reason they aren’t high) by the county, I found some micromoths. Like their bigger cousins, they are mostly drab but then a Florella erupted in a burst of bright color. I watched and stalked and waited, and finally after a half hour, that one Florella became used to my presence and here is one of the best shots. And isn’t it beautiful?

Sony W90
Bayou George, FL
10/5/2012

Author, poet, freelance writer, rescuer of dogs and cats,
animal welfare advocate, hookbill owner, occasional wildlife rehabilitator, chaser of bugs who just loves photography.

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  • jesika
    jesikaabout 2 years ago

    There are people, perhaps most, who will say moths are drab and nasty. The truth of course is the exact opposite. Some ARE drab and some will happily eat your carpet (LOL) but there are so many spectacular and exquisite moths, a joy to behold, and they tend to be friendlier than their butterfly cousins too.
    This is a beautiful insect and a lovely image. Your patience has been rewarded
    j

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioabout 2 years ago

    Jesika – Thank you so much for your lovely comment.

    Moths ate a camel hair coat I adored. I know the feeling. You might want to join an interesting list called
    TILS-leps-talk, a Yahoo group.

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

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