Photo Friday: Bluish Spring Moth
April 20, 2012
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I snapped these photos of this pretty little critter my garden earlier this week. Before the good people at Bug Guide set me straight, I thought it was maybe a little Azure or other Blue…but it’s not a butterfly at all. Rather, it’s a Bluish Spring Moth, Lomographa semiclarata (Geometridae).
I bet some of you thought that I was going to post pics of a Red Admiral butterfly this week, given the incredible mass migration currently taking place in Eastern Canada. While I’ve seen unbelievable numbers of these butterflies in the past few days, I have no photos of them. I want to know how ANYBODY can take pictures of these little buggers with anything other than a telephoto lens. Seriously. They are SO flitty and skittish, there was just no way for me to get close enough to get a decent pic.
That said, I was able to contribute my observations to a great new citizen science initiative , ebutterfly. They’re looking for people to submit records and photographs of their butterfly sightings; these will be used to create species distribution maps, track migrations, and generate models to help us understand diversity and the effects of environmental change. It’s easy to sign up, so why not check it out?