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MINT MOTH


One of these small, delicate moths was on our kitchen window, handily-placed for our herb garden below, where its caterpillars will also eat Marjoram and Thyme. I identified it mainly by the golden spots on its brown/maroon wings, though these yellow markings vary and can sometimes be completely absent, just to confuse part-time lepidopterists like myself. It flies both at night and during the day. Better distinctions between butterflies and moths are that the former rest with their wings closed, and that they have long, thin antennae, as opposed to the short, feathery ones of moths.

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