Tim Dyson: Night Vision Photography

Catocala grynea, Peterborough, Ontario, courtesy of Tim Dyson, copyright.

This one could put some colour in John Henry's cheeks!

The grey-green outer regions of the forewing, the red-brown median and basal areas (not always present), and the dark bar along the inner margin make for an easy identification of Catocala grynea.

The colours also blend well with lichen-covered bark. The sudden flash of the deep orange of the hindwings would startle just about any creature.

Well, maybe not these drinking buddies.

Catocala concumbens and friend enjoying some "brew", September 13, 2004.

Many mammalian house-pets (cats and dogs) have distinctive personalities. I wonder about the moths and butterflies. Will Catocala concumbens and friend gather at the same location tomorrow night and take seats "side by side"? Maybe they're telling butterfly jokes between rounds. Their eyes were red before they started!

One thing is for sure. This next visitor has a mind of his own.

"Now you see me." Screech owl, August 18, 2004.

"Now you don't!"

I don't know if the owl is interested in the moths, John Henry the tree frog or just curious about Tim, but I (Bill Oehlke) can still remember a boyhood encounter with a baby screech owl.

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The proboscis or feeding tube is coiled below the head when these moths are not feeding.

I (Bill Oehlke) suspect, but I am not sure, that rather than a single opening at the end of the proboscis there are probably multiple "pores" near the tip that allow energy-rich and moisture-rich liquids entry into the tube.

Catocala grynea, September 03, 2004, courtesy of Tim Dyson, copyright.

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