Daily Archives: March 7, 2014

Our Local Loopers: Subfamily Plusiinae…

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This subfamily of noctid or owlet moths has a distinctive profile, and so they are usually photographed  laterally, rather than dorsally, to show the salient features of this profile.  Looper moths in this collage of selected images represent 15 different species and 10 genera.  See if you can identify these Looper moths by matching these images with those shown on pages 374-383 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America

Moth Book

Go to this address of Moth Photographers Guide to find many, many more examples of this subfamily: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=27&size=m&sort=h



Our Local Crambus: The Grass-veneer Moths…

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This collection of images shows 10 or 11 different species of Grass-veneer Moths (in the genus Crambus) that I’ve photographed in northeastern North Dakota.  There are certainly other species to be found here, and I hope to find and photograph more Crambus species this summer, 2014.  Take a look at pages 146-151 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America

Moth Book

or click on the link below (that shows images of Crambus archived on the Moth Photographers Guide, and then compare these with images shown above.  How many different Crambus species can you find?

Link to Crambus on the MPG: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=12.2&page=2&size=s&sort=h