National Moth Week, Day 4. This monster of a caterpillar was brazenly sunning its three-inch body out in the open on a brick in my yard. It was actually hard to see, it looked like a twig.
I am pretty certain that this hefty larva will become a moth called The Bride, an Underwing moth in the genus Catacola. Linneaus was the first person to name the Underwing moths and for some inexplicable reason he chose to give them names that are related to marriage. Why would someone do this? And why did entomologists after Linneaus continue this habit and go on to assign Underwing moths with names like Little Wife, Betrothed, Consort, and Girlfriend?
The Butterfly (Female) 🦋🧡
The is a butterfly found in the Palearctic realm. Its range includes Europe south of, Russia, Asia, North Africa and the Canary Islands. The larvae feed on grasses.
Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not move away from the area where they grew up.
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