VARIOUS LOOPER moths & MOONSEED MOTH
Celery Looper attracted with UV light. I have found this species every month from May through November, but they are more common in late summer and fall.
This is a Celery Looper moth, nectaring on pink chrysanthemums. Photographed at Cox Arboretum on November 6, 2016. This common day-flying moth is fond of flowers.
Another Celery Looper moth, nectaring on chrysanthemums. These moths don't have any special affinity for mums, but there are few other nectar sources available this late in the year.
Unspotted Looper. Unlike most looper moths, this species doesn't have a white stigma. Unspotted Loopers have yellow faces, and their wings are violet and golden-brown. I find Unspotted Loopers sporadically from May through October.
Golden Looper, photographed November 3, 2016, at Cox Arboretum. This species typically lives further south, and it is uncommon to see one in Ohio. The individual at left is my only sighting to date. I found him on a rather gray, overcast day. I remember thinking it would be a waste of time to look for butterflies in such weather. Sure enough, I didn't find any butterflies - but this little gem of a moth more than made up for it.
Bilobed Looper. The large fused stigma is its distinctive feature. This is a migrant species, and its presence in our area is unpredictable. I found a few individuals at Cox Arboretum on May 25, 2017.
Moonseed Moth. This gorgeous species is named after its host plant, Common Moonseed. I have found two individuals at my UV lights, on April 27, 2017, and August 15, 2019.
Pink-patched Looper moth. I found this beauty waiting at my moth lights on the morning of June 29, 2019. The colors on its wings reminded me of a sunrise. Later, when I was researching the species, I read that its scientific name means "dawn-bearing wings". I like to think that the person who named this species saw the same resemblance to a sunrise.
Celery Looper hiding in the grass at the Caesar Creek Wildlife Area. I often find this species during the day in grassy meadows.