Sunday 14 July 2019

Algonquin Park Moths

Last weekend I went to Algonquin Park with some of my friends. During the day, we focused on finding odonates (dragonflies and damselflies), but once night fell, we turned our attention to a passion shared by all five of us: moths.

We spent two nights in the park, at two different campsites. Canisbay Lake the first night, and Pog Lake the second night. We chose these two campgrounds due to their difference in habitat. Canisbay was largely deciduous, dominated by maples (Acer spp), whereas Pog Lake was largely coniferous, dominated by pines (Pinus spp). Pog Lake also had some nice understory with plenty of honeysuckles and Beaked Hazelnut (Corylus cornuta), as well as many ferns.

If I had to guess, we had over 200 species of moths over the two nights. Here is a selection of photos of some of the more charismatic species we encountered.

Rosy Maple Moth

Mottled Snout

Bent-lined Gray

Wavy Chestnut Y

Chocolate Prominent

Walnut Sphinx

Northern Pine Looper

Eastern Panthea 

White-dotted Prominent

Modest Sphinx

Yellow-shouldered Slug Moth

Yellow-necked Caterpillar Moth

Putnam's Looper

Laurel Sphinx

Little Virgin Tiger Moth

Fragile Dagger

Luna Moth

Black Zigzag

Twin-spotted Sphinx

Harris's Three-spot

Blinded Sphinx

Northern Apple Sphinx

Rose Hooktip

Waved Sphinx

Cecropia Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Orange-barred Carpet

Silver-spotted Fern Moth

1 comment:

  1. Very cool photos, Quinten! Glad that you had a fantastic time with your friends.