Underwing Moth

Underwing Moth Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Underwing Moth
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Noctuidae

The moth members of this Order of insects include a large number of diverse families. Moth groups include micro moths, leaf miners, clothes moths, plume moths, ermine moths, burnets, geometrids, silk moths, sphinx moths, tiger moths, wasp moths, noctuids, underwings and many others.

Cryptic forewings for camouflage against bark during the day yet when disturbed, they flash their bright disorienting colored underwings as a second line of defense. The Noctuid family of moths generally have thin antennae and hold their wings roof like over their bodies at rest. Most people stereotype moths as drab creatures of the night in comparison to their daylight relatives, the butterflies, that epitomize beauty in nature. There are some commonly encountered moths that are rather drab but many moths have coloration that rival and surpass butterfly species