Little red moths
with yellow stripes dot the
at the waters
edge. When I take another step, a few more scatter away from me and
vanish beneath the shrubbery. This one chose a blade of grass to hide
behind, and I was able to sneak up on it. It's easiest to get close to
them when they're distracted with a meal, like the one on this yellow Wedelia flower.
They enjoy other little flowers; I've also found them sipping from
I see pale Pyrausta tyralis moths occasionally.
These moths aren't alone in the wilds of our back yards and parks;
other little bugs
share the habitat with
them. This ant and fly didn't interact with the little red and yellow
moths while I watched, but these next bugs sure did! I wasn't the only
sneaking up while the moths
were distracted by their meal.
Here's a lucky moth - a bit to the left on that landing and those two
under the flower might
have eaten it. I've found other moths
Flower spiders pose another danger, and they have an appetite for these
kept scooting away from me, so
I plucked the Phyla Nodiflora
get pictures. It's a tiny flower, and so are these
it. See how all three fit on my fingertip:
Curled up leaves are a clue that some little creature
has curled them.
This cluster of stuck together leaves is home to another
This is a crummy picture, but it shows the yellow dash on the back wings
that's usually hidden when these moths
land, so here it is anyway.
paused on a Wedelia, and one of these moths was hiding beneath
it. I wouldn't mention it, but I stuck the camera into the grass for a
I'm sorry now that I didn't peek personally; I'd have taken more
pictures. Is the suicidal moth actually standing on the
These moths also frequent
Spanish Needles flowers
- it just took me a while to find the
picture. These flowers are more difficult because they are taller, so
they sway in the slightest breeze and make my pictures fuzzy.