Vitacea polistiformis  
Mating Grape Root Borer Moths, Vitacea polistiformis
These scary looking black and brown bugs were so distracted with one another that I was able to pick them up for pictures. I wasn't expecting the bug to step up on my thumb, and I have to admit that even though I'd come to the conclusion that they were moths, and thus not going to sting or bite, it was still rather scary. First impressions are harder to overcome than I thought!
Mating Grape Root Borer Moths, Vitacea polistiformis
Mating Grape Root Borer Moths, Vitacea polistiformis
Now I've looked at an awful lot of bugs in my yard and elsewhere, but these critters were a first for me, so I visited  the Moth Photographers Group and Bug Guide to find out more about them, which was a good idea because my first guess wasn't very accurate. They turned out to be Grape Root Borer Moths, Vitacea polistiformis. Thanks Bug Guide!
Mating Grape Root Borer Moths, Vitacea polistiformis
Mating Grape Root Borer Moths, Vitacea polistiformis
Grape Root Borer Moth, Vitacea polistiformis
Grape Root Borer Moth, Vitacea polistiformis
I'm rather sorry that I let these amazing moths go before getting more pictures of them, but hindsight is, as usual, the most clear. Oh well... perhaps we'll cross paths again. If so, I'll be sure to get better shots of how very shaggy they look. These black and reddish brown moths with yellow stripes and shaggy scales definitely fall into my personal category of most interesting bugs to look at! Picking them up was sort of a Dune moment regarding fear of bugs, and I've picked up enough bugs that I thought I was past that with most of them.
Grape Root Borer Moth, Vitacea polistiformis
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