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Friday, May 11, 2012

Wild Lilac, Ceanothus, is attracting a spectacular moth

There are splashes of purple on the Mendonoma Coast now as Wild Lilac, or Ceanothus, is blooming.

This plant is a host plant for the spectacular Ceanothus Silkmoth, Hyalophora euryalus. This particular moth was photographed by Megan Wilson and was on the small side, about half the size of her hand. Still, these moths are so large and striking, they are a treat to see. Do those white markings remind you of Nike's swoosh logo?
Thanks to Megan for allowing me to share her photo with you here.

It is spectacular on the Coast right now. This weekend would be a great time for a visit!

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