This hairy male creature with strange antennae was
hanging out at Strawberry Reservoir
in Wasatch County, Utah. I don't know if the
Southwestern Tent Caterpillar Moth actually
lives up that high in Utah but it has been identified as that
moth. I wish I had more photos but
unfortunately I did not have a ladder and my jimmer-jets*
collapsed after a few horrible
attempts to take pictures on my tippy-toes. Tent
Caterpillar Moth larvae are
nightmare insects that defoliate trees. © Carol
*Jimmer jets were what my generation in my area called
tennis shoes when I was young (back
when we had no Nintendo and people actually left the house to
play tennis in their jimmer-jets).
Not that I don't like Wii tennis--but it's no substitute for
smackin' that ball on a beautiful
morning with a deep blue sky seeking your attention and a
light breeze tugging at your hair.
What has this got to do with moths, you ask? Not a
thing, but I sure feel better now that
I've talked about my greatest love - TENNIS!
Moths of Utah
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