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!
This little butterfly is the Phaon Crescent, similar to the Pearl Crescent, and the difference is the wing.
The name comes from the crescent-shaped dots on the wings. Its similar to the Pearl Crescent only its wings are fringed.
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.