Leaving the lights on at night means that there will be more species found than we will ever get to identify and post! This fuzzy, teddy bear like moth was just one of many that arrived a few nights ago. Lophocampa maculata is a common forest moth, the larvae feeding on a wide variety of hardwoods. The larvae are beautifully coloured with black on either end and orangy in the middle. The "tussock" part of the name is in reference to the hair tufts that the larvae sport.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.