Broad-lined Erastra

While on assignment in the Withlacoochee State Forest I noticed this beautiful moth!

Broad-lined Erastra | March 21 | Alice Mary Herden
Broad-lined Erastra | March 21 | Alice Mary Herden

I couldn’t find much information about this particular moth on the internet, but according to Bug Guide, this is a male.

Broad-lined Erastra | March 21 | Alice Mary Herden
Broad-lined Erastra | March 21 | Alice Mary Herden

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!

 

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Longhorned Grasshopper Nymph

This little cutie was hanging out on a Blanket Flower in our backyard.

Longhorned Grasshopper Nymph | March 6 | Alice Mary Herden
Longhorned Grasshopper Nymph | March 6 | Alice Mary Herden

Not much detailed information about the Longhorned Grasshopper.. other than this is the nymph stage.

 

Longhorned Grasshopper Nymph 3
Longhorned Grasshopper Nymph | March 6 | Alice Mary Herden

 


Links:

https://bugguide.net/node/view/164

Phaon Crescent Butterfly

This little butterfly is the Phaon Crescent, similar to the Pearl Crescent, and the difference is the wing.

Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

The name comes from the crescent-shaped dots on the wings. Its similar to the Pearl Crescent only its wings are fringed.

Phyciodes phaon 2
Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

It is only an inch and a half, and easy to get close to photographing (macro) when there’s plenty of nectar to gather. Its caterpillar host plant is fogfruit, so that’s another great opportunity to photograph them.

Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

Links

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/phaon_crescent.htm

https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Phyciodes-phaon

https://bugguide.net/node/view/221