Ctenuchas!

Ctenuchas have come out in force in the last month or so! They are a surprising member of the moth family, being both diurnal [daytime] dwellers and pollinators that seem to congregate on flowers in large groups. All of these shots were taken in Elk Prairie of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in California.

I believe these are the Red-shouldered species [Ctenucha rubroscapus] and I think their caterpillar forms were the ones littering the road and prairie this Spring. I wouldn’t have guessed from such a dull, creamy colored larva would come an adult so striking! Pretty neat transformation!




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