11 mm long. Cydia?
Check out those cool antennae! But no idea what this is -- help!
2052 – Frumenta Moth – Frumenta nundinella?
2099 – Boxelder Leafworm Moth – Chionodes obscurusella? We do have a boxelder tree nearby.
5.5 mm. I thought:
1809 Coleotechnites Flower Moth, Coleotechnites florae?
1828 Coleotechnites quercivorella?
But Bob Patterson says several possibilities in Gelechioidea.
Found while weeding the lawn or garden; I think it was just in the grass.
15 mm long. Similar seen 6/29/06, 6/7/11. Is this C. meralis? It looks like it may have a trace of white speckling around the righthand reniform spot (which would suggest C. multifera), but it has very little in the way of lines, with clean markings and with distal shading (all characteristic of C. meralis). Contrast definite C. multifera, 8/22/06. It just plain looks different. Maybe the difference is mainly the overall color. Also considered Micrathetis triplex, but doesn't quite look right.
Aha: Looks like C. montana is now being found in the NE! Good match with that. Need to send this one the Hugh McGuinness for a definite ID.
16 mm long. Very confusing: leaning towards Anicla rather than Caradrina (and it does have the thin thoracic collar), but still doesn't look like a good match for any of the Anicla sp.
Has the prominent orbicular spot that is supposed to be characteristic of C. morpheus (an introduced sp. found in Canada), & the brownish color, but lacks the prominent diagnostic orangish streak through the orbicular and reniform spots (although it may have a trace). Also lacks the darker subterminal band of that sp., and has the white speckling around the reniform spot that is supposed to be diagnostic of C. multifera. Hindwing shot here.
Aha: Looks like C. montana is now being found in the NE! Decent match with that. Need to send this one the Hugh McGuinness for a definite ID.
Also check Euxoa scandens, Abagrotis, ...
Found in leaf litter next to our house under barberry bushes I was ripping out. 19 mm long. It was still motile for probably another couple of wks -- would wriggle the tip a little when handled. Was hoping to hatch it, but it may have hatched while we were away on vacation -- was gone from the container when we got back (but the painters might have released it).
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.
16 mm long, & nicely camouflaged.
The common name comes from an older Latin name, H. intractata, so maybe it should now be called the Faithful Quaker.
21 mm head to wingtip
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/.
This one was giving me fits; finally found it by searching BugGuide for Noctuidae records from March in NJ, PA, & NY. 24 mm long.
A bit of Flickr synchronicity here: having just 'learned on the job' trying to ID this guy: www.flickr.com/photos/sarahwww/522646947/, I was primed to recognize this flower moth (Heliothinae) caterpillar on my Lance-leaved Coreopsis (from the wildflower meadow seedmix). Heliothis, eg virescens? Probaby best match. Schinia, eg florida? It's 13mm long here. You can see how it's been munching on the petals.
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.
19 mm long. Pretty worn. Maybe Leucania adjuta?
18 mm long. Think I finally got this one, by the species finding Mythimna rather than me finding the sp. It was merged in from Aletia fairly recently.
19 mm across. I have a shot of this sp from Mass., but this one shows the hindwings a bit, plus it shows it in NJ. Despite the name, this is in the same genus as the true wainscot moths.
Taxonomic revision (Lafontaine and Schmidt 2010): changed from Discestra trifolii.
Unidentified and pretty worn, but very friendly. Every time I looked down it was crawling on my clothes, or on my book, or on me. Heliothinae of some kind, I think, but nothing Eastern looks right -- Darker Straw Moth doesn't have the dark antemedian band. Or maybe Amphipyrinae? 16 mm long. I have a shot that shows some hindwing (colored similarly to the forewing) & body (fattish; subtle banding, darker yellow & lighter straw), if that would help.
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.
13 mm long
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.
Love the black collar. Agnorisma (formerly Xestia) badinodis, 21mm hi. A volunteer -- not attracted by light, just spotted it resting here.
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.