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



Lisa at Greenbow said...

Wow, another handsome moth.

Birdy Official 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