Project Noah Fun Fact: Owlet moth

For every day of National Moth Week, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about the underwing moths, Catocala, and their look-alikes.

From Project Noah:

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Owlet moth (Catocala nymphaea), spotted in by Project Noah user ChristosKazilas.

Fun Fact! The underwings are moths in the genus Catocala (family Erebidae). They are known for having camouflaged forewings and boldly colored hindwings, that can be yellow, orange, red, blue, black, or white.

Moths in the genus Catocala are primarily native to North America and Eurasia, although there are some species found in the Neotropics, Africa, and some tropical regions in Southeast Asia. About half of all species are found in North America, and of those, most are found in the United States.

You can participate in the global citizen science project National Moth Week! National Moth Week 2016 is July 23-31. Visit the website for more information and be sure to register a public or private event! An event can be as simple as observing the moths that come to a porch. During NMW, be sure to submit your photos to one of our many partners! If you submit them to Project Noah, be sure to add them to the National Moth Week mission, Moths of the World!

About Jacob Gorneau

Jacob Gorneau is a student at Cornell University, where he plans to major in Entomology. He is interested in the taxonomic research of moths.
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