Monday, August 17, 2015

iPhone Moths

Darling Underwing - Catocala cara

My brother-in-law, Jan Lasar (co-publisher of MN Trails Magazine) sent this picture from Morrison County. He often texts me photos of mushroom, insects, and other interesting finds. Many underwing moths have relationship-themed names, so "Darling" isn't all that odd of a bane for a Catocala moth
Bomolocha Moth - Hypena sp.
My co-worker Becky graciously lent me her phone to photograph this moth. The odd name, Bomolocha, is an old genus name for this moth. It comes from the name of buffoon type of character in Greek comedy, a Bomolochus. There are a handful of very similar Hypena moths found in Minnesota.