September 14, 2007

Busy pink day.

I've not got much time this morning, but I wanted to share this photo that I took on my way into my office this morning. I saw this Pink Underwing Moth on the floor of the front porch to my office building. I gently picked it up and placed it on the railing to get a closer look. Then I grabbed my camera out of the car!
I have never seen a Pink Underwing up close before, and the only reason I did so this morning is because it was obviously in the process of dying. They are a northern species, mostly living in Eastern Canada, but do occasionally fly as far south as New Jersey. I felt so lucky to experience this moth today.
This is the most vibrant pink color I've ever witnessed on an animal in nature! I'm talking HOT PINK here folks!

I do a lot of insect trapping and moth surveying for my job. (In case you were wondering why I am so excited about this moth!) I've also loved insects since I was small...I'm just fascinated by most "bugs" and spiders and flying creatures!

10 comments:

Mary said...

That is GORGEOUS! It looks like you photoshopped it with some paint program! What a great nature find, but too bad it was dying! I'm glad you got a pic, though, cause that's definitely a keeper! What a beautiful bug! LOL!

Marlou said...

what a stunning creature!! im normally scared of moths, but this one is a beauty, especially since it has my fave colour PINK!!!
and spiders, totally freak me out {lol}
xx

My Paper World said...

What a lovely picture, nature is certainly beautiful. It's such a shame it was dying though. Thanks for sharing this great find with us.xx

Shadowcatcher said...

So beautiful - and such an awesome photo. So bad that it's dying! :(

Heidi said...

Mother Nature gave you an AMAZING gift this morning!! A truly beautiful creature!! Thank you for sharing!!

Jessica said...

What a treat! i've never seen one of these IRL. i love moths - we have a lot of varied moth visitors here, my favorite being the Luna Moth. i never get tired of seeing them. TFS!

Beth said...

Living in the South my entire life, I had NO idea such a moth existed! For us, moths are "pesk that hover near your porch light and try to race you into the house when you open the door." I truly appreciate the new perspective with this beautiful creature. Can't wait to share this with my DDs.

Martha said...

How beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

malieta said...

Very stunning picture.....I see some inspiration here,
Malieta:)

Ida said...

How pretty, I find moths very fascinating but am also a little scared of them too. I do love the vibrant pink color on this one. Thanks for sharing your photo. Ida