By the Numbers
Quick quiz: How many species of birds are regularly seen in the U.S.? Butterflies? Moths? How many can you name?
Answer: There are about 800 regularly occurring species of birds, 575 species of butterflies, and a whopping 11,000 species of moths! While I can identify hundreds of birds, I can name fewer than 15 species of moths, a paltry showing considering the amazing diversity of night and day flying species. Assuming you may be as unfamiliar with moths as I am, let me share these three with you and, hopefully, spark an interest in learning more.
The top two are underwing moths in the family Noctuidae. There are many species of underwings (Catocala sp.), characterized by forewings that are perfectly camouflaged to blend in with tree bark, but whose hind wings are generally brightly colored in shades of orange, yellow, or pink. The bottom one is an Io moth in the family Saturniidae. The Saturniids include some of large and more recognizable moth species, including the Luna moth, Polyphemus moth, and Cecropia moth.
Sorry you have not seen a post from me in a few weeks. I’ve been juggling my regular work with planning and developing new art workshop content. I may continue to be less consistent in the weeks ahead, but I hope to be back in the saddle soon.