Have you see this moth flying around Los Angeles?
My friend Kat has. She got up-close and personal with one when it flew in through her balcony window a few months ago.
It was a sultry spring evening and Kat was minding her own business until something flew into her Mid-Wilshire apartment. At first she thought it was a hummingbird as they're always flying outside her window, but as she got closer she realized it wasn't a hummingbird at all, but rather a large moth. Being a fellow nature-lover, she captured the creature under a glass jar, snapped a picture, and helped it back outside.
Saving the moth. Photo courtesy of Kat Superfisky.
Then, she texted me the picture with this caption: "what is it?" Instead of trying to write a lengthy response, I called her and told her...
A note about specimen sacrifice: We do not advocate needless killing of any creature, big or small. Unfortunately, there are aspects of science that we are unable to examine without sacrifice.
Photo by Doug Booher.A note about specimen sacrifice: We do not advocate needless killing of any creature, big or small. Unfortunately, there are aspects of science that we are unable to examine without sacrifice. The ant nest that was used for our cast was sacrificed to create an amazing and permanent research and educational tool. The loss of one nest allows us tremendous insight into this species, which will benefit future efforts at understanding and conserving these native insects. As a research natural history museum, specimens are prepared and maintained at the highest museum standards, so that they...