Part journal, part ID guide, and part sketchbook.
Mostly mushrooms, some birds, a few moths, and plenty of other natural history topics.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Amphipyra pyramidoides, family Noctuidae. Though it has "underwing" in its name, it is not a part of the relatively famous (by moth standards) genus Catocala, the Underwing moths.
The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of plants. Females lay eggs in the late fall, and the eggs overwinter. The distinctively shaped caterpillars hatch in the spring and begin feeding on a wide variety of plants.
The adults gather together in sheltered areas during the day. The two individuals pictured were part of a group of about six moths that were inside of an empty bee hive.