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Ilia Underwing - Catocala ilia This moth has a sad story. I found it at a bird blind in a mixed forest. It was alive when I took this picture, but unable to fly and appeared to be dying. I tried getting it to grasp the side of the bird blind to get it up off the ground, but it wasn&#039;t able to hold on.  So, I found a quiet, secluded spot to leave it safely.  I wandered off for a minute to snap a picture of a mushroom, and when I came back to check on this moth, it was totally squished and very dead!  One of my kids happened to accidentally step on the moth. What are the odds? I left it in such a safe spot! But, I guess nothing is safe when it comes to rambunctious boys.  <br />
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Ilia Underwing - Catocala ilia

This moth has a sad story. I found it at a bird blind in a mixed forest. It was alive when I took this picture, but unable to fly and appeared to be dying. I tried getting it to grasp the side of the bird blind to get it up off the ground, but it wasn't able to hold on. So, I found a quiet, secluded spot to leave it safely. I wandered off for a minute to snap a picture of a mushroom, and when I came back to check on this moth, it was totally squished and very dead! One of my kids happened to accidentally step on the moth. What are the odds? I left it in such a safe spot! But, I guess nothing is safe when it comes to rambunctious boys.

Ilia Underwing - Catocala ilia This moth has a sad story. I found it at a bird blind in a mixed forest. It was alive when I took this picture, but unable to fly and appeared to be dying. I tried getting it to grasp the side of the bird blind to get it up off the ground, but it wasn't able to hold on. So, I found a quiet, secluded spot to leave it safely. I wandered off for a minute to snap a picture of a mushroom, and when I came back to check on this moth, it was totally squished and very dead! One of my kids happened to accidentally step on the moth. What are the odds? I left it in such a safe spot! But, I guess nothing is safe when it comes to rambunctious boys. <br />
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    comments (4)

  1. It's a beautiful capture, Christine. It's admirable that you tried to help it, but insects die in such quantities, leading such short lives, that we must find a way to turn off our projected human emotions. Can't do it either, just saying :) Posted 11 days ago
    1. Nature is as brutal as it is beautiful, or at least almost! Posted 11 days ago
  2. sorry to hear your frustration, how many times have I carefully carried hoppers, bugs, spiders butterflies outside only to find one of my almost pet toads having it for dinner! Because the silly bug didn't stay in the tree where i usually put them Posted 11 days ago
    1. Yup, so frustrating. I knew this moth was dying, but to have it get squished was just, ugh! Posted 11 days ago

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The Ilia Underwing, Beloved Underwing or Wife Underwing is a moth of the family Erebidae. The species can be found in the Eastern part of the United States as well as southern Canada. Subspecies ''Catocala ilia zoe'' can be found in California and Arizona.

The wingspan is 65–82 mm. A spot on its forewing with a distinct white circle encompasses it distinguishes this moth from others in the same family. Otherwise, the forewing can be extremely variable. The underwing that it is named.. more

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Sep 13, 2018. Captured Sep 13, 2018 11:32 in Main, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm