Eight-Spotted Forester (a moth)
Alypia octomaculata
July 25, 2012

  This has been a particularly good summer for moths. Now although many moths appear somewhat bland (in either brown or gray), there are various striking individuals, including this one, the eight-spotted forester (Alypia octomaculata).

In terms of butterfly size (a handy rule of thumb), the eight-spotted forester is a medium size moth, and quite the fellow with its eight white spots on black wings. The first photo isn't as sharp as I'd prefer, but there's no mistaking the eight spots.

Eight spots of the eight-spotted forester moth
  In addition to the forester's eight spots, it also has a fuzzy white ruff and orange bracelets. Really, how much more could anyone ask of a moth?
Eight-spotted forester moth
  The following is my favorite of today's three photos: the eight-spotted forester enjoying nectar and clearly displaying its features.
Eight-spotted forester moth
  Let's hear it for moths! There are quite a number of remarkable types out there; one only has to look.

Photo note: The photos were taken on June 24, 2012, with the Pentax K20D and the Voigtlander 125mm macro lens.

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