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A Small Field Guide


Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.


That is awesome. I particularly like the Neighbor.

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I wish you had been illustrating my science class textbooks.
I would have retained SO MUCH more!

I think there must be a western version of the Confused Eusarca around as well, because there's a little moth that's almost a dead ringer for the one you illustrated who has a passionate and deadly affair with light bulbs around here, too.

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In fairness, they hover at flowers just like a hummingbird, so it's not completely out there.

I am not particularly troubled by moths for the most part (unless they're trying to eat my yarn), but hawkmoths freak me the hell out.

One of the more traumatic moments of my life was when the person I shared a garden plot with casually dropped a hornworm over the fence without making sure it was really, truly dead.

Im having Mimic flashbacks for some reason :)

I wish I'd had a copy of that when the gardening association put up their fair booth.


Any of this going to show up in the Hidden Almanac???

This may be too scientifically accurate!

There needs to be a website where you can look up why an animal got it's name.

I suspect the Confused Eusarca is not confused but confusing, in that it is often mistaken for it's close relatives.

No joke, my mother actually did this research project for all the scientific names of north american herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians). Found the original published descriptions for each currently-valid name and looked up why the original describer (said they) picked the latin/greek/etc they did.

Snowberry Clearwing is the heroine of that heroic fantasy everyone keeps talking about, isn't she? (I suspect she's a Mary Sue...)

Either that or a My Little Pony!

Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. thank you for sharing.

Moths terrify me a lot more than they have any right to (although, to be fair, there *is* that species in south-east Asia - the Vampire moth - that is legitimately horrific).

I was a little worried when I saw the title of this piece. I am relieved to report that none of the illustrations gave me even the slightest of willies. If only all of my moth exposures could be this enjoyable.