This exotic-looking face greeted me this evening – I was kind of surprised to see him, because I thought the cocoon would overwinter! It’s an exquisitely beautiful moth, Eupackardia calleta. Click here to see the history of it. The first impression is that it’s just black, but there’s a lot going on color-wise with its wings and its fur. This face kind of reminds me of a Zorro costume.
This is the "up" position – he keeps fanning his wings up and down.
And this is down.
This is the tip of the forewing; it gives you an idea of the range of subtle color in the moth.
And this is the edge of the hindwing. It reminds me of tatting or lace along the edge, and the little lavender scales give a nice relief to the shaded brown.