Lady and the Moth May 15, 2007
If I keep this up I may have to rename the blog, but here is another interesting lepidoptera, albeit a moth, and it is on a native plant.
Pink Lady's-slipper, Cypripedium acaule, was the poster child for Flora-Quest '07. It was featured on our little business-sized hot cards, which people seemed to enjoy very much. That was a great photo- but this one trumps it with a White Slant-line moth. We saw quite a few of these- both the flower and the moth - at Flora-Quest in Shawnee. The guides knew where to go for the best looks at orchids.
Jim MC's blog featured a photo of these moths lined up on a May Apple, Podophyllum peltatum. They blend in so perfectly with that flower, one has to wonder about a mutual relationship. This moth apparently did not get the memo. Here it is, a stand-out likely to become thrush food at this location, but a great subject for my camera.
There are many forms of day-flying moths, so let's not take all moths for granted. Just as butterflies have specific host plants, moths certainly have their preferences too. And the truth is, I will look at anything on a flower as showy and remarkable as a Pink Lady's slipper. This is a flower one would never get tired of looking at, and one more reason why Shawnee forest is so special.