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When one becomes two as two become one

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When I was tramping about in the large field of goldenrod at the corner of E. Stassney Ln. and Burleson Rd. in southeast Austin on October 1st, I came across a narrow white moth with black spots that was on a young Ashe juniper tree, Juniperus ashei. I took a bunch of pictures of the unknown (to me) moth, and later I did an Internet search to see if I could identify it. Only when I looked at the first picture on the left in the Wikipedia article about the salt marsh moth, Estigmene acrea, did I realize that in fact I’d photographed two moths mating; in looking at my own pictures, I’d noticed the antennae at the top but not at the bottom. Unobservant me. But the moths were caught up enough in what they were doing that apparently neither of them noticed me, so I guess we’re even.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 16, 2012 at 6:16 AM

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