Today we have. . . . leipidopterans, and from two readers.
The bulk of the photos come from reader Mark Jones, who decided to anthropomorphize the insects. His notes are indented:
Among my usual butterfly photos this year I have collected some butterfly faces. I like to think they are reincarnated celebrities, so I’ve linked them to who they look like to me. Your readers may have other ideas, but I think they would be wrong! [JAC: I like his chutzpah![
The moth is Habrosyne scripta, the Lettered Habrosyne, attracted to lights at Ellmaker State Wayside, western Oregon. The apparent tearing and curving are optical illusions. The round things toward the head are tufts of hairs. A thoroughly deceptive moth. Larvae eat Rubus (blackberries and allies), and so must have plenty of food nearby. After all, this is the home of the Blackberry That Ate the Pacific Northwest, variously called Rubus bifrons, Rubus armeniacus, and other things—reasonable botanists disagree.