Moth Monday: Oak Processionary

Quite a notorious moth, the moth for today! The Oak Processionary (Thaumetopoea processionea) makes headlines when spotted. The main reason for that is the hairiness of the caterpillars. Yes, even certain moths go through a hairy phase when hitting puberty 😉 Caterpillars molt a number of times before pupating. During this period, more and more… Continue reading Moth Monday: Oak Processionary

Moth Monday: Small China-mark

Yet another moth with a very different common name in English compared to other languages. The common English name for Cataclysta lemnata is Small China-mark. I’m guessing that it has something to do with the colouration of this small, water-loving moth. In most other european languages the name of the moth refers to its favorite plant:… Continue reading Moth Monday: Small China-mark

Moth Monday: Heather Tortrix

The Heather Tortrix (Argyrotaenia ljungiana) is the moth for today. It is a member of the Leafroller (Tortricidae) family. The caterpillars of these moths have the tendency to roll up a leaf and live there until they are ready for transformation. In large numbers, this habit may destroy plants (and thus crops), giving some of the leafrollers… Continue reading Moth Monday: Heather Tortrix

Moth Monday: Setaceous Hebrew character

What’s in a name? When I went through my file with moth pictures and tried to determine this moth, I first found the Dutch name, Zwarte C-uil (literal translation “black C-owl”). For this blog, I looked up the English name, which is the Setaceous Hebrew Character. It is interesting that in both languages, the name refers… Continue reading Moth Monday: Setaceous Hebrew character

Moth Monday: Double-striped pug

This Moth Monday the spotlight is on the Double-striped pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata). Both the caterpillar and the fully developed moth caught my eye, however at the time of discovery I didn’t know that they were the same animal! Last year in August, I first encountered the caterpillar. It creeped on a garbage bag probably searching for… Continue reading Moth Monday: Double-striped pug