Moth with a surprise…

September 13th, 2008 by Chris

I found this large moth outside in the backyard. It looked like a pretty ordinary, well camoflaged moth until I disturbed it. It’s hind wings were bright red with stripes. This identifies it as a member of the Catocala (meaning “Underwings”) genus. I didn’t bother trying to identify the specific species because there are SO MANY similar looking moths. Take a look at this plate of Catocala.

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