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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma americanum) - Lac Bonin, Quebec - July 1, 2008

Tent caterpillars, like the luna, lack a mouth; they eat and drink only in the caterpillar phase. After hatching from the cocoon, their sole purpose in life is to mate and produce eggs before they die. 

Photograph by Jim des Rivieres

Luna Moth (Actias luna, male) - Crosby, Ontario - June 7, 2004

The eerie luna moth belongs to the giant silk moth family. With a 4- to 5-inch wingspan, it is one of the biggest and most celebrated moths in North America. 

Photograph by Jim des Rivieres

Virginian Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica) - Lac Bonin, Quebec - May 23, 2007

Furry scales along the moths' bodies help these cold-blooded animals retain heat when temperatures dip.

Photograph by Jim des Rivieres

Bedstraw Sphinx (Hyles gallii) - White Lake, Ontario - June 20, 2003

The bedstraw hawk moth, with a 2.5-inch wingspan and a short, stout body, is one of the sportsters in the moth world. Some hawk moths can fly up to 30 miles per hour. 

Photograph by Jim des Rivieres

Leconte's Haploa (Haploa lecontei) - Lac Bonin, Quebec - July 11, 2008

Leconte's Haploa, a tiger moth, about an inch long, is shown in its natural resting position, revealing its yellowish-orange head and the Appaloosa-like patterning on its wings. 

Photograph by Jim des Rivieres

Great Tiger Moth (Arctia caja americana) - Camp Fortune, Quebec - August 9, 2004

The appearance of species in the tiger moth family varies widely, from the colorful great tiger moth, with a 2-inch wingspan, to the slightly smaller white Virginian tiger moth. 

Photograph by Jim des Rivieres

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