Meet an Underwing – Catocala gracilis

This year’s National Moth Week’s spotlighted moths are the Underwings. 

NMW participant Teá Kesting-Handly sent us photos and information on Catocala gracilis:

Catocala love to feed on bait, uncommonly, they can also be found on flowers! Here is a photo of Catocala gracilis feeding on the flower of Asclepias syriaca. A second photo shows this same moth on the ground, showing off it’s gorgeous hindwings. This is from Plymouth County, Massachusetts in July of 2015.

Catocala gracilis

Catocala gracilis 2

BHigg-Catocala ilia-2 BHigg-Catocala iliaSee more photos of Underwings and other moths on the National Moth Week Flickr group

National Moth Week 2016 will be held from 23rd to 31st July. Anyone can participate. Register a public or private event or find one to attend by checking the website for public events. Registration is free to individuals, groups and organizations.

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