(Entry is backdated to reflect the date of observation!)
Not all creatures were named with elegant tact, sadly.
Cowhead Arches is one of them.
Drasteria pallescens is at least a bit more dignified, no?
Certainly, for a moth to be abundant enough to warrant a common name, you'd think that there would be a more 'normal' label for it. But in spite of its relative popularity (it has a common name!) there's still relatively little known about it. The bugguide link will tell you that its host plant is unknown. Not too surprising, as it *is* a moth... there's so much still to learn about the inhabitants of our continent.
Other visitors to the blacklight, at least those graced with common names, were White-lined Sphinx (Hyles lineata), featured on the blog previously and Southern Emerald (Synchlora frondaria), new to our blog. A little tattered around the edges, but a lovely guest regardless!
Oh, there were people as well... a talented young moth spotter, age 3, (just right of center, seated) and a few locals and a few out-of-towners and much fun was had by all. Quite a good turnout for humans and moths alike!