So far this year I have had 4 Luna Moths show up which is a record for me.
Subfamily Geometrinae – Emeralds
Dyspteris abortivaria (Bad-wing)
Dyspteris abortivaria is different from some of the other green moths because the to the head, thorax, abdomen and even legs are green. If you compare it to the Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria you will see that the wings are longer narrower and a different shape which helps to identify it. This moth is known as the Badwing, because it is apparently difficult to position for spreading. I have a lot of Virginia creeper around my house so I should look for the caterpillar since that along with grape leaves is it’s plant of choice.
Leuconycta diphteroides (Green Leuconycta)
Lithacodia muscosula (Large Mossy Lithacodia)
Cerma cerintha (Tufted Bird Dropping Moth)
This interesting little moth is a member of the very large Noctuidae (Owlet) family. Like this one most of the Owlets are draw to the night light. Cerma cerintha larva feed on the leaves such as apple, cherry, hawthorn, all in the rose family. A lot of birds also feed on these plants so I suspect that might have something to do why it has evolved to look like similar to bird poop. In the remarks section of the BugGuide someone humorously wrote, “Although the common name is often spelled with a hyphen (bird-dropping), this moth does not pick up birds - and does not drop them!”
Maliattha synochitis (Black-dotted Maliattha)
Parasa chloris (Smaller Parasa)
Their caterpillars have no legs and move - sluglike - on the undersides of leaves