We’ve had cold nights, cool days, ice on the windshield and the deck, several small snowfalls and now this: a large hatch of moths.
What the heck is going on? This ain’t the right season to be flying around.
Or is it?
The moths gather by the dozen at night on our uncurtained windows. During the day they flutter and flop around the yard, along the gravel road and in the sunbeams in the woods. Getting clear photos of them has been a challenge as they never really stop for more than a moment. They’re in a hurry.
Turns out they’re doing exactly what they should be doing at this time of year. They’re Bruce spanworms and they’re “late season” moths. No kidding. Seems the drop in temperature is what kicks off the mating season.
Another quirky characteristic — all the ones with wings are males. Females are wingless. This frenzy has been going on for a couple of weeks. There’s no time to eat, only to mate and lay eggs that will hatch next spring.
Get busy guys.
Bruce spanworm Operophtera bruceata