Thursday, March 26, 2020


I'm in almost complete lockdown; staying in the house or in the car, except to walk in empty spaces and to get once-weekly groceries. But I have company: two cats, a tank full of crabs and hermits, a family of cellar spiders, and a pretty brown moth who came in from the cold.

Spotted Tussock moth, Lophocampa maculata

"Tussock" refers to the hairy head.

The moth was lethargic, so I eased it under the microscope.

Wing pattern

Zooming in to look at the feathers; they're two-pointed.

And that head of hair.


Estoy encerrada en casa o dentro de mi coche, saliendo únicamente a caminar donde no hay gente, y una vez a la semana a comprar comida. Pero no estoy sola: me acompañan dos gatos, un tanque lleno de cangrejos y ermitaños, una familia de arañitas. Y me vino a visitar una bonita paloma, una de las palomas tigres, Lophocampa maculata.

Como estaba muy dormilona, logré colocarla bajo el microscopio para ver las plumitas y el pelo de la cabeza.

1 comment:

  1. Love these photos. Hope the moth felt better after warming up. Did s/he make it back outside?


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