Police Car Moth – Black and White

The Police Car Moth gets its name from the overall black and white wing colouration and two orange-red spots on the collar (like a police car). It is a Diurnal moth (flies during the day) unlike most moths which fly at night. One way to differentiate between butterflies and moths is to look at the antenna. Moths have feathered antenna and butterflies have clubbed ends.

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Name: Police Car Moth
Gnophaela vermiculata
Native to: A common western North American species found from southern British Columbia across to western Manitoba and south to northern New Mexico.
Date Seen:
August 2021
Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Adults feed on nectar from flowers such as thistle and goldenrod.

The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.
– Paula Poundstone –

Color television! Bah, I won’t believe it until I see it in black and white.
– Samuel Goldwyn –

It’s an amazing thing to watch a lizard fold a moth into its mouth, like a sword swallower who specialises in umbrellas.
– Elizabeth McCracken –

If intelligence were a television set, it would be an early black-and-white model with poor reception, so that much of the picture was gray and the figures on the screen were snowy and indistinct. You could fiddle with the knobs all you wanted, but unless you were careful, what you would see often depended more on what you expected or hoped to see than on what was really there.
– Madeleine Albright –

7 thoughts on “Police Car Moth – Black and White

    1. Fortunately the term ‘police’ is gender neutral… the moth has that going for it. Plus, the species name does not appear to contain the name of any male who has a history that displeases the woke.

      The actual Police in the largest city nearest to us were not so lucky. They had $20 million cut from their budget over two years. When one of the city councillors objected during council debate about the cut, the Mayor cut his mike off so he couldn’t say any more.

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    1. That is very nice of you to say. I would counter with the observation that I am a jack/jill of many trades but a master of none. You, in your blog, are a very good ‘one trick pony’!

      I remember a presentation by Earl Nightingale where he talked about two groups of successful people: ‘river people’ who throw themselves into a business, career or profession and happily swim in that river their entire lives; goal people who do not find, or want, a particular river – they pursue any number of different goals over the course of their lives.

      I’d say my river of interest is nature and crafts, but I’ve never become very knowledgeable or proficient at any particular one. I have a friend who is an expert in birds. He has travelled all over North America building his life list. He is my go-to for bird ID and is always pleased when I add a bird to my life list. He says I’m now a birder, but I point out to him that I’m a birder if the bird happens to be in my yard when I happen to see it! His is a river of interest, mine is a goal interest.

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