Thursday, 19 September 2013

A delightful nocturnal visitor

Underwings are quite wonderful.
This large sphinx rests, with gray, browns, and beautiful camouflage. If you are able to gently pull aside the forewings, often there is a spot of colour!

It wasn't until I bought a more sophisticated moth book that I realized there WERE underwings.
That flash of red/orange is amazing.
There is also, a band of pale yellow at the bottom of the underwing.
UPDATE: It's been officially named by BAMONA experts:
Catocala amatrix
Sweetheart Underwing

Calling Daisy, who thinks she is a night owl, the spotlight, intended to dissuade coyotes, attracts the nocturnal moths. There are millions. The large sphinx moths are spectacular. Daisy came in on her own time.


zenandtheartoftightropewalking said...

Moths are so pretty and mysterious. They're often overlooked because of butterflies.
These are especially pretty.

eileeninmd said...

Very pretty moth, I like the colors and markings. Great shots!

Red said...

I've been watching for moths this year. I see very few of them.

Hilary said...

What a pretty insect. Lovely to see

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Definitely my one thing to learn today. Thank you!