U is for Underwing Moth

underwing-moth

The novelty of the first underwing moth (Catocala Amatrix) has passed away . . . These fine moths during the day sit on the trunks of trees, and are scarcely distinguishable from the bark thereof, as their grey lichen-looking upper wings entirely conceal the splendor of the scarlet, or yellow under wings.

The text is from the book Butterflies and Moths of North America, by Herman Strecker, (1878).  Click here to read it online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive. 

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge, 2013