Moth Party July 27, 2013

Even though we had terrible weather, we did see a few moths that braved the cold and rain.  At 10:00pm it was 50 degrees and drizzling so I had the lights set up under my rain shelter under the deck.

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The last few moths are ones that appeared after everyone else had left, and I was putting away the lights.  The Underwing is the largest of the moths that came.  It’s about 3 inches long from head to wingtip.  It’s forewings are a pattern of soft grays, but they hide bright red-orange and black hindwings.  This one didn’t want to show off its hindwings for a photo, so I’ve also included one I took several years ago with the hindwings showing.