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Old 07-09-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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I just love to keep suunto busy! This large moth landed on my husband when he walked out our front door today. It was about 2 inches across, maybe a bit more.
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Catocala ilia, Ilia Underwing, I think.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:31 AM   #3
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Catocala ilia, Ilia Underwing, I think.
Quite likely - see Moth Photographers Group – Catocala ilia – 8801

However, there are several other species in this genus that can have quite similar color patterns...
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:57 PM   #4
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Thank you! Per the link, this moth has larva that eat oak trees (about 70% of my trees), likes decidous forests, flies June - Sept, and the picture sure looks like it. They are also apparently fairly common.

I just got the new Peterson Field Guide to Moths of NE north america (hoping NC is right on the border of NE rather than outside the range) and Wagners new Owlet caterpillar guide.

However, small brown moths still look like small brown moths...
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