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Home > Magazine > Nature > Moth Names are Crazy!

Moth Names are Crazy!
June 15, 2008

We have a book of eastern caterpillars and the butterflies and moths they love.

(OK, "who they turn into.")

For some reason in the second half of the moth section the common names turn pure loco.

Here are perhaps half of the loopier names (I got on a roll and couldn't quit adding more):

Question Mark
The Little Wife
Dowdy Pinion
Holly Sallow
Ruby Quaker
Intractable Quaker
Confused Woodgrain
Fluid Arches
Faithful Beauty
Unexpected Cycnia
Agreeable Tiger Moth
Dubious Tiger Moth
Elegant Prominent
Interrupted Dagger Moth
Pleasant Dagger Moth
Retarded Dagger Moth
The Hebrew
Inconsolable Underwing
The Bride
Sordid Underwing


The Beautiful Wood Nymph

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