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280 days of Urbpandemonium #118

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This fairly large (over an inch long) moth was resting on our shed, when I came along and bothered it.

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It drew its forewings back and flashed its high-contrast underwings at me. If I was a bird, would it have scared me away? It's successful enough that there is a whole category of moths called underwings, with different contrasting colors and patterns on the second set of wings.

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This one is Catocala epione*

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When it was a caterpillar it was over on my shagbark hickory tree, feeding on the leaves.

* Generic epithet Catocala is Greek meaning "beautiful below."Epione was a mythological Greek healer, wife of Aesclepius, mother of Hygeia, Panacea, Machaon and several others.

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