Elizabeth and I had the most wonderful time at the Big Bend Nature Fest (http://www.bigbendnaturefest.com/).
These observations were made during the "blacklighting event" led by Chuck Sexton and John Abbott. We were swarmed by all sorts of cool new bugs -- it was super exciting.
I'll be working on ID's for lots of these later on, but I did want to upload them first. I'll use a lot of bugguide, moth photograph group, and the discover life moth guide to narrow down ID's. Although, if you do know some, I'd not turn down any guidance! :)
Special note: blacklighting is prohibited in Big Bend National Park -- a permit was required for this event to take place.
Tumacacori National Historic Park; bug & bioblitz, Sky Island Alliance
Moth on the pier!
The Ophiusina are a subtribe of noctuoid moths. As such, they are placed in the tribe Catocalini of subfamily Catocalinae in the owlet moth family (Noctuidae). They do not seem to be very closely related to the Noctuinae – the core group of owlet moths – and in an alternate classification scheme, the Noctuidae are reduced in extent, and the present group is placed in a separate noctuoid family Erebidae and upranked to full tribe Ophiusini...