Tonight we noticed a very large moth hovering around our back porch-light. It was so large that we thought it was a bat when we first saw it. We were curious to find out just what type of moth it was, so I did an internet search and found a really cool site called Butterflies and Moths of North America. Â The site is hosted and maintained by the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University and the NBII Mountain Prairie Information Node.
Their welcome page reads:
- Welcome to Butterflies and Moths of North America, a searchable database of verified butterfly and moth records in the United States and Mexico. This site includes dynamic distribution maps, photographs, species accounts, and species checklists for each county in the U.S. and each state in Mexico.
It is really a great resource for lepidopterists or for simple folks like me who want to identify a moth or butterfly.
By the way, the moth visiting our yard was a Morning-glory Prominent Schizura ipomoeae.