1 to 1 1/2 inch wingspread. This soft-colored little skipper can be told from others by the dark veins and peculiar mark on the fore-wings and the bright yellow-orange of the under-sides of the hind wings. The females are much larger than the males and have more dark markings.
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Once people in America took many of these easily reared silk moths, in which the caterpillars spin beautiful silken cocoons, and tried to use them to raise silk for sale. It was possible to produce fine silk all right, but they found that the cost of American labor was so much higher than Oriental labor for producing this silk that it was impossible to compete. So the attempt was abandoned.
Continue reading “Promethia Moth / Callosamia Promethia 卡洛萨米氏(Family Saturnidae, Silk Moths)”
Wherever streams come down out of mountains, wherever the willows grow, but particularly in the western parts of North America, the Cerise Sphinx wings its way in the dusk of evening or early morning to the flowers of the evening primrose and other flowers with deep throats. It uncurls its long, long tongue, longer by far than that of a bee or wasp or even a butterfly, and finds precious nectar in the heart of the deepest flower. Sometimes it visits gardens in a city, and then you may see it shoot around the corner of the building, fast as a hummingbird, hover above a flower with buzzing wings and dip down with its tongue for the delightful sweets.
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The Syneda Moth, like other Noctuids or nocturnal moths, can see in the dark. When our eyes cannon penetrate the black shadow, this beautiful little moth flutters through the mysterious night with perfect ease, detecting other moths of its own kind and swirling with them in a ghostly dance rarely seen by the eyes of man. But other eyes do see the moths dancing, eyes in which the irises can spread as wide as if curtains were pulled back from a window until every tiny atom of light can enter. Squart poor-wills, birds that appear like the dead leaves of the forest floor, crouch to the ground watching the approaching moths. They are the tigers of the moth world. Suddenly one poor-will launches itself in the air, its wide and hair-lined mouth gaping wide like a great trap, its movement silent as a springing panther. Into that wide cavern three or four moths fall and are trapped with a single snap of the beak. Others, frightened by the fierce attack, drop quickly into the brush, hiding their bright hind wings by folding over them the duller front ones.
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The Acmon Blue is told immediately from other related species by the lovely orange and black-spotted band inside the margin of the high wing. The male is lighter blue color than the female, which also has considerable brown color. These delicate little blue butterflies flit gently among the grasses and flowers of meadows and gardens, usually fluttering so helplessly that they are easy to catch. They do have one protection against birds and that is by lighting on a grass stem and folding the wings. The sudden disappearance of the blue color of the upper wings, being replaced by the lighter colors of the undersides must be confusing to a bird, even though the butterfly does not become completely camouflaged.
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