|Virginia Ctenucha (Ctenicha virginica) on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)|
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Virginia Ctenucha at Forest Hill Nature Area.
On Friday (01 July), I stopped at the Forest Hill Nature Area to try out a new camera lens. It was a little windy for closeup photography, but I did get a few photos that I liked including this one of a Virginia Ctenucha moth feeding on Common Milkweed nectar. The Virginia Ctenucha (Ctenucha virginica) is a day-flying moth. It is one of many moth species that are known as wasp mimics. Their dark coloration and wasp-like shape affords some measure of protection from predators who avoid them out of fear of being stung. I saw dozens of these moths flying around during my short visit.