|Orange Wing on a zipper - REK|
|Mellilla xanthometata photographed by Jon Rapp at Bull Creek|
This species has two generations a year, the first in early March. They feed on honey locust trees, Gleditsia triacanthos, thus the genus name Mellillia, the diminutive from melinus (of or pertaining to honey), from mel (honey). Looking for a more formal portrait the best one as usual comes from Jon Rapp.
|Honey Locust with 9" thorns - REK|
Not everyone hates the honey locust. It is the host plant for not only our moth above but also the Honey Locust Moth, Syssphinx bicolor, and the common Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus). It also hosts the Honey Locust Plant Bug, Diaphnocoris chlorionis.
|Silver Spotted Skipper - REK|
|Honey Locust Plant Bug|
My favorite locust eater is the Honey Locust Bean Weevil. You can read all about it here including watching it dance on a video. Knowing that its kin are eating up the bean seeds makes me feel better about the thorn stabs..... a little.