The Romantic Moth
Posted by Richard Conniff on February 13, 2013
This photo caught my eye, on the eve of Valentine’s Day. I’m maybe leaping to a conclusion that these lovely creatures are having sex. It’s possible, I suppose, that the male is just hanging on afterward for a tiresome interlude of mate-guarding. But the species is named Amata alicia, which in my high school Latin translates as “the beloved Alicia.” So I am going with romance.
The photo, by Raiwen, was taken in grassland, in the Sudano Guinean Tree Savanna Region, Moyenne Guinée, Guinea, West Africa. It’s part of a Field Guide to the Moths of Africa on Flickr