Taking pictures of bugs I can hardly see without my Canon’s lens, and of others that may be a bit “sexier” (dragonflies and particularly butterflies), then scouring the web to identify them, only to discover that there’s some nuance— for example, the subtleties of distinguishing moths from butterflies— well, it’s quite an ongoing learning experience. Examining lepidoptera photos on my laptop and discovering “clubs” on the antennae of butterflies but not moths (see this Wikipedia article) such as the “veined moth” vs. the Common Buckeye butterfly in the photos below— that has been a delight.
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I took this photo of a Veined Ctenucha Moth (Ctenucha venosa) in our front yard (Cheshire neighborhood, Flagstaff Arizona) on July 10, 2015. Note the hairiness of its antennae and lack of “clubs” at their ends— a key to distinguishing moths from butterflies.