Saturday, February 20, 2010

Arkansas Moth: Baltimore Bomolocha (Hypena baltimoralis)

 Baltimore Bomolocha (Hypena baltimoralis)
(Photo:  Marvin Smith on 5/15/09)


Baltimore Bomolocha
(Hypena baltimoralis)

 

From BugGuide species page:

Identification: Adult: forewing grayish-brown, with whitish tint in female; tint often absent in male. Note blackish-brown apical dash, and large dark patch from base through median area which does not touch inner margin. Dark patch usually has white outer edging. Hindwing dark grayish-brown.

Range: Eastern North America: Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Arkansas, north to Wisconsin and Ontario.

Habitat: Deciduous forests or edges; adults are nocturnal and come to light.

Season: Adults fly from March to October in the south; May to September in the north. Caterpillar seen June to November.

Food: Larvae feed on maples, especially red maple (Acer rubrum).

Life cycle: Two generations per year in the north; two or more in the south.

Other sources and links:
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (caterpillar photo)
Lynn Scott's Lepidoptera Images
Bob Patterson's Images on MPG


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4 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Wow, another handsome moth.

birdy said...

Though the color is dull, but the pattern is beautiful.

Lana Gramlich said...

Lovely! You get such awesome macros. I couldn't ever dream of getting so close!

KaHolly said...

I am so enjoying your posts! I can't wait for warmer weather so I can start looking for these beauties. Between you and Seabrooke, I'm fired up to include moths in my nature studies up close and personal!! ~karen