Studio Sixty Six

Tolype velleda

Pigment ink photographic print on matte archival quality paper
Print: 10 x 15in. / 25.4cm x 38.01cm
Paper: 13 x 19in. / 33.02cm x 48.26cm

Artist's Insight
Common name: Large Tolype, Latin Species name: Tolype velleda

Collected in Lac Bonin, Quebec on September 6, 2007

The Large Tolype (Tolype velleda)  is one of the furrier moths. The diverse shapes of the scales covering the wings and body (and antennae) become visible under magnification: long hairs on the body; springy, flat scales on the thorax; broad plates and long hairs over much of the wing surfaces; feathery blades on the trailing edges. Both moths and butterflies belong to the insect order Lepidoptera, whose name derives from the Greek for scale ("lepis") and wing ("pteron").

This moth has a wingspread of 35 mm.