Black and Whites

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These are sometimes called forester moths, and sometimes “Police Car Moths.”  They’re often assumed to be butterflies because they fly during the daytime and have bold patterns.  This is a mating pair — the male is the lower of the two — and if you click on the picture then click again to zoom in, you can see that his antennae have wider “combs” on them — male moths detect females by their pheromones, so the males have larger/wider antennae — all the better to smell you with, my dear.  (That’s one difference between moths and butterflies — butterfly antennae are usually slender strands with a small knob at the end.  Nikon D800, 105mm, 1/125th @ f/16, ISO 200

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