Once in a while I come across a moth with a “sloppy” proboscis: usually the mouth structures of a moth or butterfly are extended like a bendy straw for feeding, sipping or lapping up some goodness; or they are rolled up in a tidy coil when not in use. I’m curious as to whether it is a symptom of something else. I will say this owlet moth (Family Noctuidae) was very docile and in like-new condition when I found it. I can’t remember why I was relocating it, but the moth was very cooperative as far as bugs being handled goes. Perhaps it was newly emerged; maybe that has something to do with the messy mouth? Oh well, another minor mystery to file away. (Two more photos after the break/below.)
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Those face photos are good and sharp. I was wondering on the third photo, if that was an eye spot on the tail…maybe some biomimicry going on?
Hi Pat, sorry I missed this comment (from February!). My inbox is a mess…regarding your question, I’m not sure if it is an eye spot proper, thought the pattern suggests the moth uses some sort of crypsis as a strategy. A lot of these moths resting on the right surface can really blend in.