We have had quite a number of lepidoptera out recently. We have quite an outbreak of red admirals, but others are quite common as well. A day flying moth, which I think is the celery looper, Anagrapha falcifera, is also present in large numbers.
Here is a photo I took of it:
The moth was setting down when I snapped the photo.
I take a lot of photographs of insects. Usually, assuming I don’t move too fast, the subject is not spooked by what I do. Even when I use a flash, the bug just sits there.
Every time I tripped the shutter on one of these moths, the subject would be gone when the mirror snapped back into place. I use a 1/25o second shutter speed, but there is probably about a 1/30 second lag from when the shutter is tripped and when the picture is taken. So the moth was reacting within about 1/30 second to what I did.
The panic could have been caused by visual cues, although it happened with and without the flash. I think it was reacting to the sound of the mirror snapping up, however.
No matter what I did, I always got a photo of a moth in motion. In each case, the moth was not flying when I tripped the shutter.
So I think this moth can hear.
And it does have really quick reflexes.