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anita363

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July 26, 2006 10:05 PM EDT

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Check out those cool antennae! But no idea what this is -- help!

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Emerald Moths and Allies Family Geometridae

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anita363

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May 6, 2006 05:13 PM EDT

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Bristly Cutworm Moth Lacinipolia renigera

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anita363

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June 19, 2006 09:51 PM EDT

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Bristly Cutworm Moth, Lacinipolia renigera. Thought this was a plain grey job; then I looked at the shot & saw the green markings -- pretty cool.

I think it's holding its wings kinda funny. Can't quite figure out why the right HW is exposed like that.

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Noctuid Moths Family Noctuidae

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anita363

Date

April 26, 2006 02:01 PM EDT

Description

A centimeterworm -- go metric! Not a perfect shot of the critter itself, but I couldn't resist the title. Exactly 1 cm long. Some kind of armyworm? Found in a Pachysandra bed. Dorsal view here: www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/139552800/in/photostream/; lateral here: www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/139550683/in/photostream/.

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Corn Earworm Helicoverpa zea

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anita363

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September 8, 2006 10:21 PM EDT

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This guy was very active--chased it quite a bit and finally got 1 good shot. Yes, there are cornfields nearby. No, we don't like these -- but we do like the photo.

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White-Speck Mythimna unipuncta

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anita363

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July 15, 2006 11:49 PM EDT

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43 mm wingspan with wings fully extended; 23 mm long with wings fully tucked. Formerly called Pseudaletia unipuncta. I think I had 3 of these on the porch at once.

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American Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidoides

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anita363

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July 14, 2006 09:11 PM EDT

Description

I got a good photo of this moth perched on the porch ceiling www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/202462204/in/set-7215759..., and then I tried to coax it onto my finger. Instead, it lifted off, made a complete circuit of the screened porch, returned to its starting place, and ... landed right on my face.

Yes, it tickled.

I think I may have a rational explanation. When a completely different moth buzzed around my face a bit later in the photo session, I figured it out: I had been eating melon earlier, & probably still smelled like melon juice.

It occurs to me that if they're this sensitive & attracted to fruit juice, it might make good bait. I know people use various bait formulas to lure moths; I should look into it. Anyone have tricks/recipes to share?

Here' s a shot of a deceased compatriot showing the cool coppery HW: www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/202463575/in/set-7215759... -- you can see just a little glimpse of it in the photo above.

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American Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidoides

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anita363

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July 26, 2006 11:13 PM EDT

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I couldn't for the life of me ID the moth that landed on my face: www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/202462906/in/set-7215759.... In that shot I could see a trace of yellow underwing, which led me to suspect Catocala, but I couldn't find a match (inside or outside Catocala). Then I found a dead specimen on the porch. (There's a gap in the screen, & I think they may find their way in during the day & be unable to get out. When I actually do a photo shoot, I prop the screen door open & lure them with the porch light, but I always turn out the light overnight and leave the door propped open to give them a fighting chance to escape the porch.) It had this distinctive metallic coppery underwing, which made it easy to ID -- oddly enough, it's call the Copper Underwing. The FW has a lot of metallic scaling, too, especially at the bottom -- it's not just a flash artifact. Actually, I love the way the flash brought out the iridescent scaling on this one. Not what you want for an ID shot, but www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/202462204/in/set-7215759... is a good angled shot showing the pattern without flash bounce.

Lepidoptera, by the way, means "scale-wing." You can see why.

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American Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidoides

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anita363

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July 14, 2006 09:09 PM EDT

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Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 09:40 PM EDT

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Saw a lot of these.

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fleece-winged dart Euxoa velleripennis

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:50 PM EDT

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Thank you to Hugh McGuinness for correcting my ID. 27 mm long.

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Pale-banded Dart Agnorisma badinodis

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anita363

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September 30, 2006 07:11 PM EDT

Description

Love the black collar. Agnorisma (formerly Xestia) badinodis, 21mm hi. A volunteer -- not attracted by light, just spotted it resting here.

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Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba

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anita363

Date

June 17, 2006 05:33 PM EDT

Description

I went crazy trying to ID these -- here's another individual with a good look at the hindwing, & a somewhat different forewing (they're very variable). I was pretty sure it was an Underwing, genus Catocala -- but all of those seemed to have a 2nd (median) black band on the hindwing, & the forewing patterns were all wrong. The photos I got of the 1st individual didn't show as much of the HW as this one does, but I was pretty sure it showed enough to rule those out. Then I hit upon the False Underwing, Allotria elonympha. That only had a single band, but it still didn't look right. Finally I paged through all the Noctuidae on Moth Photographers Group & found it: this one's common name calls it an Underwing, & it has the same sort of brightly colored hindwing with a black band, but it's not in the Underwing genus (Catocala). In fact, it's not in the same subfamily (Catocalinae), & it's not even considered part of the same family any more (when Noctuidae was split, this one stayed in Noctuidae, whereas Catocalinae went to the new family of Erebidae.)

All 3 living individuals I've seen (the 2 seen here & 1 I remember from last year; I found a 4th dead inside the house) I discovered resting during the day on the inside of our screened-in porch, which in itself is a bit of a mystery. But the screen is loose on one of the panels, so maybe they crawl in there and can't get out. (The porch light was not on at night to attract them.) This one posed nicely for a photo shoot on the inside of the screen, but the lighting wasn't ideal (shooting out from the dimly lit porch to the brighly lit outside). I got some decent shots, but not as good as the one above, which I got after I coaxed it onto my hand in order to release it outside.

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Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon

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anita363

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September 8, 2006 11:46 PM EDT

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Saw a lot of these. Female nectaring here on Sedum.

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Greater Black-letter Dart Xestia dolosa

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anita363

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September 8, 2006 10:37 PM EDT

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22mm long, ~43mm wingspan. X. c-nigrum very similar; went with dolosa because it's somewhat closer to the upper range of the size. ID confirmed by Hugh McGuinness.

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Master's Dart Feltia herilis

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anita363

Date

September 8, 2006 12:00 AM EDT

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Saw several of these. Nectaring here on Sedum. I like this shot better, but the other one shows the ground color without the flash bounce.

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Master's Dart Feltia herilis

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anita363

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September 8, 2006 10:29 PM EDT

Description

Saw several of these--they all seemed to be F. herilis rather than related species. This shot shows the purple-grey FW color well. Here's a nice shot nectaring on Sedum. 22 mm long, ~43 mm wingspan

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Variegated Cutworm Peridroma saucia

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anita363

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September 8, 2006 10:15 PM EDT

Description

10915 Variegated Cutworm Moth, Peridroma saucia 23mm long

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Speckled Rustic Caradrina multifera

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:15 PM EDT

Description

15 mm long. Thank you to Hugh McGuinness for the ID (and to Joe Garris for help.)

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Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia Pseudeustrotia carneola

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anita363

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July 26, 2006 09:34 PM EDT

Description

9053 Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia, Pseudeustrotia carneola 13 mm long

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Variegated Midget Elaphria versicolor

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anita363

Date

July 26, 2006 09:27 PM EDT

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I figured this for a tortricid, since it was so small (12 mm long). Turns out its a midget noctuid -- literally: that's what it's called. Love the pattern on this one. One of the kicks I get out of moth photography is that you can see so much more in a macro photo than you can with the naked eye.

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Yellow-striped Armyworm Spodoptera ornithogalli

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anita363

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August 20, 2006 06:04 PM EDT

Description

Just gorgeous! Unfortuately, a crop/garden pest. 20 mm long.

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Bicolored Sallow Sunira bicolorago

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anita363

Date

November 11, 2006 11:15 PM EST

Description

We were over at a neighbors' house for dinner, & they were being invaded by these moths. A fall-flying species, probably trying to get in out of the cold. They had been catching them in a styrofoam cup releasing them outside, so instead they gave the cup to me & I took them home & photographed them, then released them.

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American Bird's-wing Dypterygia rozmani

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anita363

Date

June 19, 2006 09:47 PM EDT

Description

American Bird-wing Moth,
Dypterygia rozmani, 20 mm long

I just love this one. Uncommon, per Covell. I dubbed it the Rocket-ship Moth before I found its real name.

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Grateful Midget Elaphria grata

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anita363

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August 22, 2006 10:39 PM EDT

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Little guy -- ~14 mm long.

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Wedgling Moth Galgula partita

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anita363

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September 8, 2006 11:05 PM EDT

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13.5 mm long

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Eight-spotted Forester Alypia octomaculata

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anita363

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July 4, 2006 05:59 PM EDT

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Common, & photogenic as all get-out. This one led me on a merry chase, but I finally got some good shots.

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Black-bordered Lemon Moth Marimatha nigrofimbria

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:35 PM EDT

Description

Not the best color (some green from the Hg vapor lamp) or exposure, but it's the best I got of this gorgeous little creature. Only 12 mm long.

Taxonomic revision (Lafontaine and Schmidt 2010): changed from Thioptera nigrofimbria

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Sorghum Webworm Moth Nola cereella

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anita363

Date

September 8, 2006 10:34 PM EDT

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Isn't this little creature just gorgeous?

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Common Looper Moth Autographa precationis

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 09:49 PM EDT

Description

I love the colors on this one, & the shapes in the "crest." Species wingspan 30-38 mm -- I was distracted by the very exciting Leopard Moth before I got a shot with a ruler.

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