Moth are all about camouflage.
National Moth Week started yesterday, July 18, 2020, and runs through next Sunday.
To celebrate, we will have some posts about moths this week, but if you'd like to get a a head start, try:
1. Amazing videos of moths and caterpillars at The Caterpillar Lab channel.
2. The Kids Page at the National Moth Week website (with free moth coloring book).
3. The butterfly and moth activities on our website.
Plus, be sure to check out our growing list of children's books about moths and butterflies.
Public domain image of Imperial Moth from the Smithsonian.
As mentioned previously, moths are often more difficult to photograph than butterflies. They hide during the day, and they aren't big and showy. Also -- unlike many butterflies -- moth life cycles aren't always well known, so it may be harder to know where to look for them.
To remedy this, I've been posting some moth life cycles. For example, this week we have a more complete genista moth life cycle.
By the way, these are sometimes call sophora worms because their host plant's scientific name is Sophora secundiflora.
We waited as the caterpillar changed into a moth.
It belongs to the family Crambidae, the grass moths. Can you see why another common name for the group is snout moth? Perhaps it will be easier to see from a side view:
Coincidentally, I found another caterpillar from the family Crambidae this week.
Hopefully, we'll find out what the snout looks like for this moth in a few weeks.
In case you are gearing up for National Pollinator Week June 22-28, 2020, remember that moths are pollinators, too.
- See the life cycle of another Crambid, the bougainvillea caterpiller moth, Asciodes gordialis (previous post).
- Learn more about moth identification I and moth identification II (previous posts).
- Check out National Moth Week, coming in July.
Have you spotted any moths or caterpillars this week?