Friday, June 30, 2006

The Mothman Cometh?

Royal Walnut Moth closeupForty years after the unexplained incidents in West Virginia, the infamous Mothman was spotted terrorising the Goodacre family in North Carolina. This beauty was having a rest on our back door. It had a body length of at least two inches. I've never seen a moth this big before. I was half inclined to go outside and photograph its back, but was worried that if I open the door it might fly into the house. It's one thing if the cats eat the odd small bug, but I didn't really want them to have a go at this one.

Royal Walnut Moth on our back doorA quick google search later told me that it was a Royal Walnut Moth (Citheronia regalis (Fabricius)). Apparently, this species can have a wingspan of over 15cm. I took this second photo to give you some perspective on the size of this moth.


Lorraine said...

Holy mother of Pearl! Hide the walnuts!

crystal said...

It must be moth season - ,y friend Maureen posted a moth photo too here