Backyard Butterflies Blog

Moths of Distinction: Brown Panopoda Moth

Common Name: Brown Panapoda Moth Scientific Name: Panopoda carneicosta Commonly seen on the collection sheet, this moth has an impressionistic “person sitting in a chair” marking on the dorsal hindwings.

Moths of Distinction: Southern Flannel Moth

Common Name: Southern Flannel Moth Scientific Name: Megalopyge opercularis The caterpillar of this moth is known as the Puss Moth caterpillar. It resembles a fuzzy pierogi or oddly shaped tribble. It’s notoriously known for being a stinging caterpillar. “Look but don’t touch!”

Moths of Distinction: Baltimore Snout

Common Name:Baltimore Snout Scientific Name: Hypena baltimoralis A commonly seen visitor to the collecting sheet. It’s very distinct shape, colorations, and markings make it stand out in the crowd. Because of it’s body shape, it does appear to always be pointing to something.

What’s Blooming Now? April 29, 2019

Feature photo is of Cherries Jubilee cultivar Left to right: Twilite Prairie Blues; Sapphire Spires; Purple Smoke; Solar Flares; Dutch Chocolate Our collection of Bapisia australis (False Indigo) cultivars are starting to bloom! This native leafy shrub comes in a variety of colors ranging from white, yellows, oranges, pinks, purples, blues, browns, and blacks. I…
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What’s Blooming Now? April 6, 2019

Spring natives are starting to flower in our backyard habitat. Currently in bloom or just getting started to bloom are two of my favorites: Columbine and Shooting Star. Feature photo is of a flower now in bloom in our yard. Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a generous self-sower and will spread throughout an area in which…
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