Subject: Confused About This Moth
Location: Northeast Ohio
August 15, 2016 3:56 pm
Hi! My son found this large moth in our yard, and all of our research indicates that it is Orange Underwing Moth, but that same research places this species in the UK, and we’re in Northeast, Ohio.
Can you help us ID it? Thank you!
Your Underwing is in the genus Catocala, a large genus with many similar looking species. We believe it might be a Sweetheart Underwing, Catocala amatrix, based on this BugGuide image. According to BugGuide: “larvae feed on leaves of several species of poplar (Populus spp.) and Black Willow (Salix nigra).”