Saturday, August 31, 2013

Copper Underwing

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.