Happy Earth Day everyone! It's raining and gray here, but the birds are calling, the trees are flowering and life is good. :) Lepidoptera season is certainly back and we're so excited! We spotted some cool moths lately while getting out between rain showers. Someone called the Grapevine Epimenis, Psychomorpha epimenis, moth (Family: Noctuidae) pictured below a day flying mini moth and it's quite fitting.
We spotted a group of these moths mud puddling on a hike just this past week. The sun shone and the temperatures were in the upper 60s and these little moths seemed quite content going about their business. The adult Grapevine Epimenis moth feeds on nectar from various spring blooming plants: plums, cherries, hawthornes, redbuds, etc. The orange-headed black and white caterpillar feeds on various types of grape.
The green beauty below clung to a fence post on a cool spring evening this past week; Steve spotted him while we walked by looking at spring wildflowers and listening to the calling birds. We know the moth is some type of Emerald in the genus Nemoria. (Family: Geometridae) Anyone know more to share?
We're so looking forward to this gal's moth book coming out in 2012!