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Virginia Creeper Clearwing - Albuna fraxini This moth was such a stunner!  Its forewings were partly black and marked with reddish purple and an orange discal bar.  The abdomen was black and had a flared, brushy tuft at the tip. Antennae have a white band near the ends.<br />
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Spotted resting low near the ground on vegetation in a deciduous forest. I tried to be very stealthy to sneak up on this moth before it got scared away. I knew I would have to use my flash, which would undoubtedly scare it off.  So, I basically got one shot before it took off. I would have loved to get more shots of this beauty! It&#039;s my first time finding a clearwing borer! Albuna fraxini,Geotagged,Moth Week 2018,Summer,Virginia creeper clearwing,moth Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Virginia Creeper Clearwing - Albuna fraxini

This moth was such a stunner! Its forewings were partly black and marked with reddish purple and an orange discal bar. The abdomen was black and had a flared, brushy tuft at the tip. Antennae have a white band near the ends.

Spotted resting low near the ground on vegetation in a deciduous forest. I tried to be very stealthy to sneak up on this moth before it got scared away. I knew I would have to use my flash, which would undoubtedly scare it off. So, I basically got one shot before it took off. I would have loved to get more shots of this beauty! It's my first time finding a clearwing borer!

    comments (7)

  1. WOWWW! So beautiful! I've never found one of these either! Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
    1. Thanks! I was just walking along and the iridescence caught my eye! It was even prettier in person <3 Posted one year ago
  2. Oh wow, dressed to impress! I've never seen anything like it! Posted one year ago
    1. It was gorgeous! Posted one year ago
  3. PS: I think something went wrong with the geotag. Posted one year ago
    1. Oops, thanks! I think I just forgot to set it ;) Posted one year ago
      1. Thanks for the update! Posted one year ago

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''Albuna fraxini'', the Virginia creeper clearwing, is a moth of the Sesiidae family. It is known from the northern United States and southern Canada. The wingspan is about 18 mm. Adults are on wing from June to August.
The larvae feed on Virginia creeper, white, red, green, and European ash, and sometimes mountain-ash.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Jul 19, 2018. Captured Jul 19, 2018 11:08 in 80 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm