Asked June 18, 2018, 11:35 AM EDT
We are avid gardeners and have lived in our home in Indian Hills for six summers. This is the first, however, in which we have seen so many moths. Every time I am watering or causing any movement around our extensive plantings, moths fly from beneath. We see them during the day, although since it is so hot, they seem to be hiding beneath bushes, perennials, and even in handing baskets. We really don't notice them so much in the grass though. We see them flying at times around dusk, not as much as last week, though. They are difficult to catch; we tried catching a couple in a bottle but they disintegrated pretty quickly, so difficult to get a handle on markings, etc. They are pretty much beige or tan to grayish in color, pretty nondescript as far as antenna, markings, etc. I've read about forage looper moths which kind of look like them, but not finding out much about routines and whether or not they are harmful. I'm wondering if you have received questions or comments from others in our area of Louisville. Any advice, information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. We are hoping they are only a nuisance and not harmful to plantings, in which we case we need to know what to do! I will try and catch one to photograph. Thanks so much!
Jefferson County Kentucky