September 24 2003
Sometimes the bug eats the fungus, sometimes the fungus eats the bug. That was the fate of this Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidoides) found on our deck umbrella. The fungus
(Cordyceps tuberculata - according to mycologist friend, Bill Yule) was enmeshed into the umbrella all the way through to the other side. Quite a gruesome, but intriguing sight.
Copper Underwings (not true Underwings, or Catocala) are very common in Connecticut. They are often found in clusters beneath lawn chair cushions, shingles, and various outdoor nooks and crannies.
The photo of the somewhat worn moth to the left gives a peek at those coppery hind wings.