Brown and red butterfly
July 21, 2011 3:44 am
Hey! You’re team is apparently very good at identifying insects and things, so I was wondering if you happen to know what this little creature is. My friend took the pictures at night outside is home in Colorado, but I’m pretty sure it’s a butterfly (since its wings are vertical in the second pic). Other than that, I am having no luck in identifying it. Any idea what kind of butterfly this is?
This is actually a moth and not a butterfly. Underwing Moths in the genus Catocala are characterized by drab forewings that blend in with tree bark, and boldly marked and colored underwings that show in flight. If the moth is startled and flies, it displays its bright colors, but when it alights on a tree, it seems to vanish. Any predators will be hunting for a brightly colored tasty morsel, and they may easily overlook the now camouflaged Underwing Moth.