Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Of moths and mites
On nights when it is raining too heavily to take the camera outside, I photograph insects on the window panes*. Although this makes it tricky — trickier — to identify the little critters, it certainly provides a different view of them.
This alternative view sometimes reveals more than just palps and proboscis and those mean-looking spurs on the legs. This moth has picked up a group of hitchhikers. (Click to embiggenate. The files are about 140 - 150 KB).
I think they are larval Erythraeidae. Erythraeids commonly attach themselves to caterpillars and adult moths to feed on the haemolymph (insect blood). When they've had their fill, they drop off. No moths are harmed in the making of this dinner.
And you know what else is attracted to windows at night?
Yetis. That's what.
*This is what happens when there's no television. You can take that as either an endorsement or a warning.