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Philtraea monillata - female

Philtraea monillata - Female
St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
August 19, 2014
This fun moth took me by surprise last night in my backyard, the way she'd land, perch with her wings folded tightly shut so you only got to see the ventral side, hiding the dorsal side, then, when she seemed ready, she'd slowly open them and I'd get to see the gorgeous dorsal side of her wings revealed in slow motion as she unfolded them and then rolled them around herself - what a marvel to watch. I really should have made a video of it. I don't have many photos with them tightly shut because I kept waiting to take photos of them open. Here's one where they were shut and she's starting to open them - you can see them curled around her, the finale of her performance, in other photos.

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