All photos on this site are the property of John Himmelman. Unless stated otherwise, they have been taken in my yard in Killingworth, CT.
(for my children's and natural history book stuff)
Elegant Grass-veneer
Microcrambus elegans
June 28, 2013

This is the second Crambidae, AKA Snout Moth (because of the long labial palps), AKA Lawnmower Moth (because they fly out of the grass in advance of your lawnmower).

They do form somewhat of an elegant veneer to the blades of grass upon which they rest.
Youthful Underwing
Catocala subnata
August 7, 2013

Virtually invisible on the tree
until those wings crack open.

We have butternut hickories in
our yard - plenty to eat for the