Thursday, July 05, 2007

Birthday Moth

It's my birthday today.

And I'm getting my teeth done. Fun, eh?

But, here's a consolation prize, delivered a few hours back: a nice brown moth.

It fluttered like crazy at first, until I followed a hint I think I saw on Bev's blog; I put it in the fridge for an hour. Then it sat nicely for its photograph.

Close-up of "hood" markings.

And I've spent half the night trying to ID it, to no avail. I've submitted it to BugGuide; they are always so helpful.

The feathers on its back: a couple of tufts. Brown, with yellowish tips.

*Update: Bob Patterson at BugGuide says it is probably a Large Yellow Underwing, Noctua pronuba. If so, it's similar, but not identical, to the Yellow Underwings they already have.

Quick work!


  1. Anonymous4:07 am

    Happy Birthday!

    Not sure about the moth-in-the-fridge thing; hubby still hasn't recovered from finding the mealworms.

  2. Happy Birthday to you! and many healthy, happy years ahead. I though the first picture was a baked potato until I cleared the sleep from my eyes and took a sip of tea.

  3. Wren: lol! Laurie disturbed my cooling moth, but took it nicely in his stride. I don't know how he would have dealt with mealworms.

    Ruth: It does look awfully potato-ish, now that you mention it.


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