Mariposa Grove, Yosemite; November 24, 2013
Southern Purple Mint Moth: Pyrausta laticlavia
—Found this beautiful little moth while I was out walking the other day in downtown San Diego. Looks to be a Southern Purple Mint Moth. I recognized it as a Pyrausta species because I had photographed Pyrausta volupialis in San Diego a few years ago, and the two have a similar appearance. Not too bad for a cell phone photo.
Spider Photos at Montreal Insectarium
If you’re going to be in Montreal this month, be sure to go check out the Halloween installment of the Naturally Well Made series at the Montreal Insectarium. Some of my Bolas Spider photos are featured in this month’s program, which highlights the hunting adaptations of several different spider species. The presentations are given seven times a day throughout October. You can find lots more information and showtimes at the Montreal Insectarium’s website.