While on assignment in the Withlacoochee State Forest I noticed this beautiful moth!
I couldn’t find much information about this particular moth on the internet, but according to Bug Guide, this is a male.
I have heard many people say to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly is the moth always has its wings flatten… well that is not correct. The best way to tell is by their antennas. Butterflies have long straight antennas and most moths have these cool feathered antennas.
I think it might be time to spend some daylight hours in the Withlacoochee State Forest!
So this is an ant… a Camponotus socius and a very cute one! Just look at that face!
As you know, extremely challenging to photograph… I managed to get a couple of shots.
They are primarily in the sandhill habitats, which a common name, I think would be sandhill ant, however, I am not sure if it does have a common name. The link below has some great information about their nesting abilities.