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The Little Wife Underwing from the coast
Another sandy trailside on Cape Cod in June. Endless rows of pitch pine, intruding honey locust, and a thick undergrowth of heath dominate the habitat. Growing immediately on the shoulders of the trail, Myrica, or bayberry, never fails to take advantage of a little extra sunlight. This spot looks like so many others on the Cape, but for whatever reason, it is THE place to go for little wife underwings. Placing a bed sheet under a taller bayberry plant, I give the bush a shake. Falling like a shower of red, black, and white jewels, a harvest of Catocala muliercula change my impression of this sandy Wellfleet trail forever.