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This Eulithis moth was high enough up on the door of my shed that I caught a nice view of the underside. This is a tough genus so justEulithis sp. for now…

This Eulithis moth was high enough up on the door of my shed that I caught a nice view of the underside. This is a tough genus so justEulithis sp. for now…

Slept through mothing time Friday, so I was pretty psyched that this cool Skiff Moth (Prolimacodes badia) decided to stick around under the black light til late Saturday morning.

Slept through mothing time Friday, so I was pretty psyched that this cool Skiff Moth (Prolimacodes badia) decided to stick around under the black light til late Saturday morning.

A funny little Boxwood Leaftier (Galasa nigrinodis), showing a little leg :-).

A funny little Boxwood Leaftier (Galasa nigrinodis), showing a little leg :-).

Beautiful pattern on this Bent-winged Owlet (Bleptina caradrinalis) that showed up at the light last night.

Beautiful pattern on this Bent-winged Owlet (Bleptina caradrinalis) that showed up at the light last night.

The pollinators were all over the common milkweed plants in my yard this weekend, including this honeybee (Apis mellifera). If you look closely on the largest version of the photo, you can see the milkweed pollinia (masses of pollen grains) attached to the honeybee’s back legs.

I know I’m supposed to be hoarding spiders for Arachtober, but this little green spidey we found in the car was too cool to wait to share it. Turns out to be a male green orb weaver, Araneus cingulatus.

I know I’m supposed to be hoarding spiders for Arachtober, but this little green spidey we found in the car was too cool to wait to share it. Turns out to be a male green orb weaver, Araneus cingulatus.

Jul 8
The head of a big waved sphinx (Ceratomia undulosa) that was sitting on my patio under the black light the other night. Looks pettable to me! :-)

The head of a big waved sphinx (Ceratomia undulosa) that was sitting on my patio under the black light the other night. Looks pettable to me! :-)

Jul 8
A neat little Grape Colaspis beetle (Colaspis brunnea) on the door of my shed. Kind of annoying that it started to step out of the shot just as I got it in focus…

A neat little Grape Colaspis beetle (Colaspis brunnea) on the door of my shed. Kind of annoying that it started to step out of the shot just as I got it in focus…

Jul 6
Another amazing plume moth that showed up at the lights last week. This one is genus Geina, not sure I can tell more than that.

Another amazing plume moth that showed up at the lights last week. This one is genus Geina, not sure I can tell more than that.

Jul 6
This Painted Lichen Moth (Hypoprepia fucosa) was running like the dickens up the side of my garage. No idea how I even managed to get the shot this focused.

A second after this photo was captured, the moth ran into the lesser maple spanworm moth in the top left corner, causing a flurry of activity at the lights.

This Painted Lichen Moth (Hypoprepia fucosa) was running like the dickens up the side of my garage. No idea how I even managed to get the shot this focused.

A second after this photo was captured, the moth ran into the lesser maple spanworm moth in the top left corner, causing a flurry of activity at the lights.