Close Call for Moth

I was mowing my backyard lawn when I noticed something moving next to the lawnmower.  It looked like a moth.

A big moth.  It seemed to come up from out of the grass, so I wondered whether it had possibly just emerged from a cocoon underground.

See the chopped blade of grass on its back?  It was a close call.  I believe that this was a Large Yellow Underwing after looking at BugGuide and Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America by Arthur V. Evans.  It is a species from Europe.  The adults just drink nectar, but the larvae (also called cutworms) munch on plants.

  1. That was a close call! We had an experience that didn’t turn out so nicely for a little tree frog several years ago. I still cringe when I think of it.

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