|male Hemileuca maia found by Shelley|
Well that got our juices flowing and the warm temperatures of Wednesday October 2nd had Lula Field, Shelley and I out in good barrens habitat in hopes of finding Hemileuca maia – Barrens Buck Moth.
We weren't disappointed as driving in the gravel entrance road we soon encountered several individual Buck Moths patrolling the road. Most likely these were males seeking females to mate with. Careful searching and observing Lula came upon a female ovipositing on a small Scrub Oak (Quercus) at the edge of a cart road. This very accommodating female continued to lay her eggs as we watched and snapped photos.
|Hemileuca maia female laying eggs on Scrub Oak|
I know I'll be back next year to watch the flight of the Buck moths and will seek out the New England Buck Moth which generally flies a couple weeks earlier... Thanks to my wife Shelley and Lula Field who actually found the sitting moths... A great team effort :-)