Project Noah Fun Fact: Locust Underwing

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:

Locust Underwing (Euparthenos nubilis), spotted by user ConorSheaWing.
Locust Underwing (Euparthenos nubilis), spotted by user ConorSheaWing.

Fun Fact! While moths considered to be “true underwings” are found in the genus Catocala, there are a variety of other underwing moths that bear a striking resemblance toward those in the genus Catocala, such as this Locust Underwing, Euparthenos nubilis. This moth is best distinguished from the “true underwings” by the additional black striping on the underwing, as moths in the Catocala genus tend to have fewer black marks. While this species is not a “true underwing” it is important to understand that this moth likely uses the same scare tactics associated with the Catocala.

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!

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