Random Insect: Lunate zale

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Lunate zale (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Zale lunata) photographed 08/10/2013 near Palmyra, Michigan.

One morning last month I found this lunate zale (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Zale lunata) clinging to my front door. Like many other insects these moths are attracted to lights at night and can often be found resting in their proximity at dawn.

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Lunate zale (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Zale lunata) photographed 08/10/2013 near Palmyra, Michigan.

Lunate zales live throughout much of the United States but they’re perhaps most common near wooded areas. Although the adults feed on nectar, the plump peach-colored larvae feed on a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and even herbaceous plants.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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2 Responses to Random Insect: Lunate zale

  1. hihowsyou25 says:

    wow beautiful shot, great blog too !

    Like

  2. Jeremy Sell says:

    Thanks. I like how the low-angle shot shows the tufts of hairs on the back of the abdomen.

    Like

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