Monthly Archives: March 2014

Oncocnemidine Sallows, Groundlings and Wood-Nymphs…

  Sym 1Sym 2Sym 3Sym 5 Sym 6Sym 7 Sym 8Sym 4 These photographs introduce our local Oncocnemidine Sallows, Groundlings, and Wood-Nymphs (Family Noctuidae, Subfamilies Oncocnemidinae, Condicinae, and Agaristinae).  Images shown here represent five genera and eight moth species, all of which were found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

Try to identity a few of these moths by matching images shown here with those found on pages 414-423 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.   Moth Book Click on the links below to view Moth Photographer’s Guide images of these and many, many other North American species in these three Noctuid subfamilies:

Oncocnemidinae and Agaristinae: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=59.0&size=l&sort=p

Condicinae: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=60.0&size=l&sort=p

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Matching Local Caterpillars with Moths…

Matching adult moths to their larval forms is a particular challenge for me.  The learning curve seems especially steep, but I continue to make slow progress.  I hope to match several more local species in the upcoming year.  Perhaps I can recruit some local volunteers to help with this long-term project? 

I’m thankful for the continuing help of John and Jane Balaban (@ BugGuide.net) as well as to the authors of these two texts: David Wagner (Caterpillars of Eastern North America, Princeton University Press, 2005) and David Wagner, Dale Schweitzer, J. Bolling Sullivan and Richard Reardon (Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America, Princeton University Press, 2011).

Cat 1Cat 1B

Prionoxystus robinae (2693)

Cat 2Cat 2B

Grammia virguncula (8175)

 Cat 3Cat 3A

Spaelotis clandestina (10926)

Cat 4Cat 4B

Schizura unicornis (8007)

Cat 5Cat 5B

Peridroma saucia (10915)

Cat 6Cat 6B

Eupithecia ravocostaliata (7605)

Cat 7Cat 7B

Hypoprepia fucosa (8090)

Cat 8CCat 8B

Catocala cerogama (8802)

Cat 9CCat 9B

Phigalia strigataria (6660)

 Cat 10CCat 10B

Sunira bicolorago (9957)

Cat 11Cat 11B

Amphipyra pyramidoides (9638)

Cat 12Cat 12B

 Alsophila pometaria (6258)

Cat 13Cat 13B

 Psaphida rolandi (10014)

Cat 14Cat 14B

 Nephelodes minians (10524)

Cat 15Cat 15B

 Simyra insularis (9280)

Cat 16Cat 16B

 Gluphisia septentrionis (7931)

Cat 17Cat 17C

 Ennomos subsignaria (6798)

Cat 18Cat 18B

 Phigalia titea (6658)

Cat 19Cat 19B

 Euchaetes egle (8238)

 

 

Amphipyrine Sallows: Subfamily Amphipyrinae…

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These five photographs introduce our local Amphipyrine Sallows (Family Noctuidae, Subfamily Amphipyrinae).  Moths shown here represent four genera and five different species found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota.   

Try to identity these moths by matching these images with those found on pages 408-415 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

Click on the link below to view photographs of many other species of Amphipyrine Sallows archived in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=58.0

Quiz 1: Learning Local Moths…

Try to identify the family and genus for each one of the ten moths shown below.  Use the Peterson Field Guide or the online version of the Moth Photographers Guide (click here: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/WalkThroughIndex.shtml). Good luck!  Answers will to Quiz 1 will be posted with Quiz 2.

Moth 1

Quiz 1.1

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 2

Quiz 1.2 

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 3

Quiz 1.3 

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 4

Quiz 1.4 

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 5

Quiz 1.5

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 6

Quiz 1.6

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 7

Quiz 1.7

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 8

Quiz 1.8

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 9

Quiz 1.9

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Moth 10

Quiz 1.10

Family ___________________________

Genus ___________________________

Local Swordgrass and Xylenine Sallows…

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These photographs introduce our Swordgrass Moths and Xylenine Sallows (Family Noctuidae, Subfamily Noctuinae, Tribe Xylenini).  Excluded from this display are the Pinion Moths (genus Lithophane) because that group was already introduced in an earlier post on this site (on 27 February 2014).  The 21 images of moths shown here represent 15 genera and 19 different species found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

Why don’t you try to identity a few of these moths by matching these images with those found on pages 462-463 and 470-481 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

Click on the link below to view many other fine photographs of Swordgrass Moths and Xylenine Sallows displayed in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=62.0&size=l&sort=p

Underwings, Zales, and Related Owlets…

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These photographs introduce our local Underwings, Zales, and Related Owlets (Family Erebidae, Subfamilies Erebinae, Rivulinae, and Scoliopteryginae).  The 14 images shown here represent five genera and 12 different moth species, all of which were found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

See if you can identity these moths by matching images shown here with those found on pages 326-363 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

There are many species of Underwing and Zale Moths (genus Catocala and Zale) in North America.  Click on the link below to find photographs of these displayed in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=53.0

 

Local Snout Moths: Subfamily Hypeninae…

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These photographs introduce our local Snout Moths (Family Erebidae, Subfamily Hypeninae).  Moths shown here represent four different species and one genus, all found and photographed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.   

See if you can identity these moths by matching images shown here with those found on pages 322-327 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.  

Moth Book

Click on the link below to view examples of these and other species of Hypeninae archived in the Moth Photographer’s Guide: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=24&page=6&size=s&sort=h