“Harnessed [Tiger] Moth” by rhoing

“Harnessed [Tiger] Moth”

(I can identify this one on my own, Carolyn and MaryBeth! But this one is almost too easy!)

ID’ed at BAMONA as “Apantesis phalerata” or “Harnessed Moth”; http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/724358
Species page, https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Apantesis-phalerata

At BugGuide, it's called “Harnessed Tiger Moth” (though the scientific name is the same, of course); http://bugguide.net/node/view/33325

My heart isn't in photography at the moment, but this opportunity presented itself at 8 a.m. when I was taking trash and recyclables to the curb for pickup. This moth was on the concrete where the garage door apparently doesn't quite reach the concrete. (That's the reason for the color line in the image.) This was apparently the safe place the moth found to spend the night. After I photographed it, it flew away.

Eight days in a row: a winged creature. What does this mean?

A year ago (“Mineral, animal or vegetable?”): http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2011-06-28
I was just wondering about this plant and wondering about shooting a different aspect of it!

Identifying this moth from its cousins?
There are four species in the genus:
» Species carlotta - Carlotta's Tiger Moth - Hodges#8171.1
» Species nais - Nais Tiger Moth - Hodges#8171
» Species phalerata - Harnessed Tiger Moth - Hodges#8169
» Species vittata - Banded Tiger Moth - Hodges#8170

From BugGuide, http://bugguide.net/node/view/33325#body »
“There are no 100% consistent diagnostic characteristics in wing maculation or spots/no spots on the patagia (the ‘collar’), to reliably distinguish nais/carlotta/phalerata/vittata. The only full-proof [sic] method is dissection and examination of genitalia (the exception is in male phalerata, in which the valve is easily distinguished by its longer, up-curved apex. So one could brush the scales away from the last sternite and see it without dissection. The nais/carlotta/vittata group have rather blunt and rounded apices of the valve.)
However, within this group, using the sum of typical (although not necessarily diagnostic) characteristics, can allow for a reasonably probable species ID.
-- J.D. Roberts”
Got it? ;-)
Nice find! Great composition and focus!
June 29th, 2012  
Great details when you magnify this one. He is very hairy. Good find.
June 29th, 2012  
@lyoungs1023 Thanks, Elizabeth! As you can probably imagine, this guy kinda stuck out on the concrete floor. Don't know what environment would allow this kind of moth to "blend in"! Markings don't look very camouflage-y to me!

@jtookey150 Thanks, Jean! It's rather incongruous how sharply-defined the wing markings are, but how fuzzy and hairy it is up front!
June 29th, 2012  
I love this moth's bold black and white markings and how they extend onto his head and body. So cool.
June 29th, 2012  
beautiful !!!
June 29th, 2012  
This is a wonderful capture Thom!....I hope your heart returns to photography soon! : )
June 29th, 2012  
wow, cool shot, love the fuzz!!!
June 29th, 2012  
Great pattern on the wings. I'm sure you'll get your mojo back soon. We all suffer dips and troughs but you're still taking good photos xx
June 29th, 2012  
Great capture! I love the patterns on his wings :)
June 30th, 2012  
You are on a roll here Thom. It is certainly a wonderful capture of its pattern.
June 30th, 2012  
Amazing capture!
June 30th, 2012  
Sorry you feel a bit disengaged with the photography....just don't worry about it too much....this is a pretty moth....I did not know WHAT it was! So thanks!
June 30th, 2012  
Beautiful capture, Thom!
July 1st, 2012  
I see nothing wrong with eight days of winged creatures when you get shots like this - well done!
July 3rd, 2012  
what a pretty moth! excellent shot
July 8th, 2012  
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