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“My spiritual moth” the Clymene
June 29, 2010
Hello Daniel, thank you so much for your speedy reply to my last letter regarding the Longhorn Beetle “Spined Oak Borer”! I really appreciate your reply, honestly thought that I might not get a reply considering how busy you guys are,which of course would be understandable. Once again your site is awesome and although im still trying to figure out my way around it, I am getting better. With these pictures that I am enclosing, thanks to your website I was able to make a postive Id on this beautiful moth, or well of course I believe I have, if I am correct it is the Clymene Moth. Although I have been able to identify it, I seen that on your site you just had a couple of other pictures of this same moth, so I wanted to send you mine and let you make the decisi on whether or not you wanted to post it.. I have only seen this moth a couple of times in my life, yet it always seems to come at a time in my life when I need a spiritual lift, as was true when I come across this one this morning as I got up to get my husband off to work. He works in the coal mines and leaves very early for work, I constantly worry about him being underground, and when we got up this morning I really needed a spiritual blessing. So here are the pics of my “spiritual” moth, hope you and your readers enoy this beautiful blessing as much as what my husband and I have. Thanks again and look forward to when I need another one of “God’s little creatures” identified.
Dryden VA

Clymene Moth

Hi Tina,
Thank you for your nondenominational ruminations on spirituality.  We have had people in the past associate the markings on the Clymene Moth’s wings with symbolism and iconography.  We received a letter in the past week with a blurry image of a Clymene Moth and we considered posting it, so your high resolution image is greatly welcomed.  More information on the Clymene Moth, Haploa clymene, can be found on BugGuide.

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2 Responses to Clymene Moth

  1. [...] Robert, Your moth is indeed a Tiger Moth, and it is in the genus Haploa which included the Clymene Moth.  We suspect it is the highly variable Leconte’s Haploa Moth, Haploa lecontei.  One photo [...]

  2. Joe Holdner says:

    I saw this moth for the first time today 8/4/14, on a metal post outside a small shopping mall here in Ulster Co., New York in the Hudson Valley.
    It is quite striking and beautiful.

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