Mothapalooza 2017

From July 5-10, 2017, it was off to Mothapalooza held annually for the last five years in Ohio, usually at the Shawnee Lodge and Conference Center near Portsmouth Ohio. Very well organized and fun as about 185 people interested in moths and nature in general convened for several days of daily field trips, workshops and speaker presentations, and nightly outings looking for moths.

The daily field trips turned up a nice variety of butterflies, including three new lifers for me, the Harvester, Eastern Comma, and Southern Cloudywing, and Rebecca also would add Wild Indigo Duskywing to her life list. These trips were led by experts in entomology, botany, and other fields, and would find and talk about any number of interesting creatures they'd turn up as we slowly walked along. My first experience with mothing, the evening trips gave us a good introduction to the incredible variety of moths out there that were drawn to white sheets illuminated with ultraviolet lights. Moth experts were quite helpful in pointing out and identifying many of the species that showed up. Our friend, Linda Romine, had been trying to get us to attend for the last few years, and it turned out to be just as incredible as she'd promised.

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Butterflies

Papilionidae (Swallowtails)

Pipevine Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)

Pipevine Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)

Pipevine Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)

Zebra Swallowtail
(Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail
(Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail
(Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail
(Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail
(Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail
(w/Spicebush Swallowtail)

(Eurytides marcellus
(w/Papilio troilus))

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(Papilio glaucus)

Spicebush Swallowtail
(Papilio troilus)

Spicebush Swallowtail
(Papilio troilus)

Spicebush Swallowtail
(Papilio troilus)

Pieridae (Whites & Sulphurs)

Little Yellow
(Pyrisitia lisa)

Lycaenidae (Hairstreaks & Blues)

Harvester
(Feniseca tarquinius)

Harvester
(Feniseca tarquinius)

Harvester (w/Spicebush)
(Feniseca tarquinius
(w/Papilio troilus))

American Copper
(Lycaena phlaeas)

American Copper
(Lycaena phlaeas)

American Copper
(Lycaena phlaeas)

Coral Hairstreak
(Satyrium titus)

Eastern Tailed-Blue
(Cupido comyntas)

Eastern Tailed-Blue
(Cupido comyntas)

Summer Azure
(Celastrina neglecta)

Summer Azure
(Celastrina neglecta)

Nymphalidae (Brushfoots)

American Snout
(Libytheana carinenta)

Northern Pearly-eye
(Enodia anthedon)

Common Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis pegala)

Little Wood-Satyr
(Megisto cymela)

Little Wood-Satyr
(Megisto cymela)

Great Spangled Fritillary
(Speyeria cybele)

Great Spangled Fritillary
(Speyeria cybele)

Red-spotted Purple
(Limenitis arthemis)

Red-spotted Purple
(Limenitis arthemis)

Red-spotted Purple
(Limenitis arthemis)

American Lady
(Vanessa virginiensis)

Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)

Question Mark
(Polygonia interrogationis)

Question Mark
(Polygonia interrogationis)

Eastern Comma
(Polygonia comma)

Eastern Comma
(Polygonia comma)

Eastern Comma
(Polygonia comma)

Common Buckeye
(Junonia coenia)

Common Buckeye
(Junonia coenia)

Silvery Checkerspot
(Chlosyne nycteis)

Silvery Checkerspot
(Chlosyne nycteis)

Pearl Crescent
(Phyciodes tharos)

Pearl Crescent
(Phyciodes tharos)

Pearl Crescent
(Phyciodes tharos)

Pearl Crescent
(Phyciodes tharos)

Hesperiidae (Skippers)

Silver-spotted Skipper
(Epargyreus clarus)

Golden Banded-Skipper
(Autochton cellus)

Southern Cloudywing
(Thorybes bathyllus)

Horace's Duskywing
(Erynnis horatius)

Wild Indigo Duskywing
(Erynnis baptisiae)

Wild Indigo Duskywing
(Erynnis baptisiae)

Common Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes vialis)

Peck's Skipper
(Polites peckius)

Peck's Skipper
(Polites peckius)

Sachem
(Atalopedes campestris)

Sachem
(Atalopedes campestris)

Moths

Ailanthus Webworm Moth
(Atteva punctella)

Virginian Tiger Moth
(Spilosoma virginica)

Tuliptree Beauty
(Epimecis hortaria)

Rosy Maple Moth
(Dryocampa rubicunda)

Rosy Maple Moth
(Dryocampa rubicunda)

Io Moth
(Automeris io)

Polyphemus Moth
(Antheraea polyphemus)

Luna Moth
(Actias luna)

Luna Moth
(Actias luna)

Promethea Moth
(Callosamia promethea)

Promethea Moth
(Callosamia promethea)

Sphinx Moth

Snowberry Clearwing
(Hemaris diffinis)

Snowberry Clearwing
(Hemaris diffinis)

Virginia Creeper Sphinx &
Banded Tussock Moth

(Darapsa myron &
Halysidota tesselaris)

Giant Leopard Moth
(Epcantheria scribonia)

Giant Leopard Moth
(Epcantheria scribonia)

Giant Leopard Moth (w/The Hebrew)
(Epcantheria scribonia
(w/Polygrammate hebraeicum))

Moth

Moth

Moth

Moth

Moth

Moth

Other Pictures

"Mother" with Io Moth

Stag Beetle
(Lucanus capreolus)

Eastern Hercules Beetle
(Dynastes tityus)

Eastern Hercules Beetle
(Dynastes tityus)

Beetle

Beetle

Bee on Teasel

Damselfly
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