Syngamia florella - a tiny rare micromoth

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© May Lattanzio
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Years ago with my 3 megapixel Canon, I photographed a startlingly beautiful “micromothâ€, I had never seen. It flew low in the Spanish Needles (Bidens alba) seeking cover under leaves when not nectaring in the lower flowers. It is very shy and rarely seen.

I sent the photo to Dr. James Adams, Professor of Biology at Dalton State College in GA), who has a passion for lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) who graciously published it on his site.

It’s been a pretty good season here for butterflies and moths – not great as in other years past, but good. I saw a Florella in the Spanish Needles outside my fence, and yesterday, took a walk with my camera, just in case.

I got lucky and it was a complete surprise. 10:30 a.m., in an overcast, slight breeze on the roadside, in a low growing patch of Spanish Needles which has been ruthlessly mowed (the reason they aren’t high) by the county, I found some micromoths. Like their bigger cousins, they are mostly drab but then a Florella erupted in a burst of bright color. I watched and stalked and waited, and finally after a half hour, that one Florella became used to my presence and here is one of the best shots. And isn’t it beautiful?

4 responses

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (6 Oct 2012):

    It is indeed, well done.

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (8 Oct 2012):

    How big is it...great shot Mazie. This would make a great series.

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (8 Oct 2012):

    A mature blossom (I measured it yesterday) is 2.5mm or slightly smaller in diameter.

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (8 Oct 2012):

    You can't tell by this angle but I would say Florella is about 2.0mm tip to tip.

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