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Thank you!! My mother hadn't ever seen this moth before and was really curious about it!
Corey, many species in the genus Grammia have the leopard print-like design, though the pattern is different for different species. I think Grammia virgo is a correct ID for this moth, though if you have doubts you can always keep it at Grammia sp. The forewing patterning in the reference link I found looks exact to me, though.
When it opened its wings the underneath was bright orange with what looked like leopard prints on it
Beautiful! I usually agree with Brian, though I think it may be Grammia virgo:http://bugguide.net/node/view/199981
Great macro capture of this Tiger Moth - there are several and unless you get the wings open it is hard to say much more than it is a Tiger Moth species
Spotted on Jul 14, 2012 Submitted on Jul 14, 2012
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