Underwing Moth

Underwing Moth

Common Name: Underwing Moth

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Noctuidae

Cryptic forewings for camouflage against bark during the day yet when disturbed, they flash their bright disorienting colored underwings as a second line of defense. The Noctuid family of moths generally have thin antennae and hold their wings roof like over their bodies at rest. Most people stereotype moths as drab creatures of the night in comparison to their daylight relatives, the butterflies, that epitomize beauty in nature. There are some commonly encountered moths that are rather drab but many moths have coloration that rival and surpass butterfly species.