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280 days of Urbpandemonium #176

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I found this little one way back in September, it was at my porch light. I sent the photos in to the "Mothing in Massachusetts" facebook group:

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I know two of the people involved, so I'm not too offended. What's going on here I think is that I requested an ID for a super common, super boring, easy to identify moth. What can I say? I'm a beginner when it comes to leps. This cutworm moth Nephelodes minians* is found across the continent. It's larva feeds on grasses, which humans have helpfully planted by the thousands of square miles, everywhere in North America, even places that won't support them without great human effort.

*"Nephelodes" refers to the moth's resemblance to dark clouds. "Minians" has nothing to do with one-eyed twinkies, despite Google's insistence.

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froganon
Oct. 4th, 2015 10:20 pm (UTC)

At last, something "nice" to be said for lawns. I shall remember that now, bronzed cutworms are a reason for all that work on the lawn that our neighbors do.
urbpan
Oct. 4th, 2015 10:25 pm (UTC)
Just so long as they don't apply insecticide to it...
froganon
Oct. 4th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)

Oh yeah, the chem lawns.

I think we are the only people in the neighborhood that don't do chem lawns or try to kill off the bees and hornets.
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