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Catocala retecta - Hodges #8788 - Catocala retecta-luctuosa

Catocala retecta - Hodges #8788 - Catocala retecta-luctuosa
Goreville, Johnson County, Illinois, USA
July 31, 2010
Found on a tree trunk while tree tapping in Ferne Clyffe State Park.

what
were you tapping trees for? sap? in july?

 
At first
I thought you were joking, but then I realized it does sound a little strange! :) "Tree tapping" is a method of finding Catocala in daylight. One goes around with a highly sophisticated tool (a stick) and proceeds to tap the trunks of trees. The vibration startles any moth that may be resting there, and it flies to another location, hopefully not too far away - and voila! You've found yourself a moth!

 
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
thank you. it certainly seems to work, you sure made a hell of a haul..more species than I've had in my life. good info

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