Female Io Moth
As a young hermit, I find that most of my visitors arrive unexpectedly. However, I had to welcome this female Io moth (Automeris io) with ginger cookies and iced coffee in June, because, well, just look at her. Her extended Saturnid family has its petty squabbles and strained holiday dinners like many families, but she counts Luna, Polyphemus, and Rosy Maple moths as cherished relatives.
She was just resting on my patio in southern Illinois, not hurt or restrained in any way.
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