I have tried to identify it and I think it may be Chlorochlamys appellaria, one of the emerald moths in the US.
A flash of emerald green caught my eye as I was walking though the garden last month (when it was still summer...sigh) and it was this beautifully colored moth resting on a Liatris flower stalk.
|Fine, straight vertical white lines drop down from the roughly horizontal zigzag line to the bottom edge of the wing.|
I submitted an ID request to BugGuides which you can see here. I hope to get a response soon. They are very good at providing IDs and have a superb website for North American insects, spiders, etc.
|The underparts seem to be either white or pale green, although I did not try to move the moth to get a better image. At any rate, I can't see any flashes of orange or yellow that some green moths have.|
In July, in lovely, warm late afternoon light after a thunderstorm, I saw this fuzzy caterpillar denuding before my very eyes an appletree shoot that keeps coming up from rootstock of a tree we removed several years ago.
This is probably a yellow woolybear caterpillar of the Viginian Tiger Moth. I found an adult moth about 3 weeks later.
I believe this is the adult Virginian Tiger Moth that may have come from that caterpillar or one of its siblings.
|Hard to tell if they are coming or going until you see them eating (or pooping, I suppose). This one has eaten the leaf right down to the petiole.|
It is mostly white with a dot or two of black on the wings.
|The eyes look quite dark.|
To wrap things up today, is a shot of the first of the milkweed seedpods in our garden to explode into a mass of dazzling cotton to carry the seeds to new territories.
|In this sign of autumn is the promise of spring and summer yet to come.|