Tag Archives: Noctuoidea

09.20.2022 Two-fer Tuesday

This time both in one post. This Dogwood Sawfly larva-Macremphytus tarsatus was wandering about on the tarp while I was splitting firewood.  I was almost as excited as I was with the snake.  Different day though.  We do have a … Continue reading

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08.16.2022 Two-fer Tuesday

While looking for anything…it’s always good to keep your options open…I found a couple of colorful caterpillars over the weekend. Pearly Wood-nymph- Eudryas unio munching a grape leaf in Brickyard this past Saturday. There is another almost identical species, the … Continue reading

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08.13.2022 Yes, this is a real thing!

Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth-Ponometia candefacta  Bird Dropping moths are a subfamily of Owlet moths and yes, they do look like bird doo. Sadly, I’ve never photographed an adult to share so here are a few for examples.

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07.30.2022 A special find for Blog Post #2300

Fourteen years ago I found one of the most beautiful caterpillars I’ve ever seen in our yard dining on some goldenrod leaves.  That happened again yesterday morning after a brief shower. Brown-hooded Owlet-Cucullia convexipennis.  I hope this one survives.  The … Continue reading

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07.16.2022 Small Saturday

Sorry.  I just can’t come up with something more clever. I saw one of these caterpillars on a daisy fleabane a few weeks ago but it was rolled tight atop the flower and didn’t make for a good image.  But … Continue reading

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06.25.2022 The new to me list continues

There are more than 11,000 moth species in the United States so it is no surprise that I find new ones even here in the yard.  There certainly are plenty of repeats but this year I’ve seen several newbies. Speckled … Continue reading

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09.07.2021 Two fer Tuesday…Zombie Moth

In this case two posts of the same subject.  The one this morning was taken on the outside of our back door.  As with the Bald-faced Hornet a while back, this was from the inside and an unusual look at … Continue reading

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09.07.2021 A regular visitor.

This is one moth that I see annually in the yard. I am not sure what the attraction is as their food is grains and corn which is not in our yard but they show up at the back door … Continue reading

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08.14.2021 The Return of the Blue Tarp

I have no idea what the attraction is, but I keep finding interesting insects on this tarp over my woodpile. No complaints.  Life made easy. Green Cloverworm Moth- Hypena scabra  These are highly variable and this is darker than most … Continue reading

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08.12.2021 A handsome moth

I’ve been going to bed most nights between 8 and 8:30 so with it being summer and the sun setting around that same time I have not been able to photograph many night flying moths. I don’t set up a … Continue reading

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