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Larch Tolype

Tolype laricis

Description:

A subtly beautiful moth! It had blue near the end of its body, and pure white arms and head. The beautiful marking of the back of the head is actually as series of reflective scales typical and distinctive of the genus Tolype.

Habitat:

Larvae feed on many species: Larvae feed on many species of conifers, including balsam fir, eastern hemlock, eastern larch, pines, and spruces, but show a preference for white spruce and balsam fir.

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12 Comments

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Thank you Arvin!

ArvinMemaphu
ArvinMemaphu 9 years ago

wow..

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Many thanks, Argy!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Wow - lovely little moth! Perfect backdrop for it too.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Thank you very much, Claire! This is one of my favorites!

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

Hey, this is nice! Those scales are weird and a good characteristic for ID.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Thanks so much Leuba! It was quite a little gem of a moth!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

I like the blue furry back - very nice !

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Is the blue marking characteristic of anything?

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Thanks John! I am so happy to put a name to this beauty!

johnlguerin
johnlguerin 9 years ago

Probably the Larch. I am basing it on the dark hairs around the mohawk. The Large Tolype and the Small Tolype have white hairs around the mohawk.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

What species of Tolype could it be? http://bugguide.net/node/view/325

Jacob Gorneau
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Jacob Gorneau

Maine, USA

Spotted on Aug 11, 2012
Submitted on Aug 20, 2012

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