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Giant leopard moth

Hypercompe scribonia


Found on the back porch. Understand it's noctural, don't know why it was out during daytime. Grows into adulthood from a black "woolly bear" caterpillar. Second photo is a pulled-back view, showing bricks for scale.


Also found listed in a field guide as Ecpantheria scribonia, an obsolete name.

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suzmonk 8 years ago

Thanks very much, Jakubko, I will look into it for sure ...

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

How pristine! Have you registered for National Moth Week yet? National Moth Week is a global citizen science event that celebrates the amazing biodiversity of moths. This year, National Moth Week is July 19 to July 27! Your state, Mississippi, is not on the map yet! Looking for moths near an outside light is all you need to do. You can register for a private or public and find more information at It would be great if you are interested in participating. If you add a spotting to the “Moths of the World” mission of a moth found during National Moth Week, you will contribute to important citizen science data! The mission can be found here: Feel free to contact me with any questions via comments here or in an email:

outsidegirl0 9 years ago

your welcome ;)

suzmonk 9 years ago

Thanks, outsidegirl0, pure accident ...

outsidegirl0 9 years ago

nice find...

suzmonk 9 years ago

Thanks, Leuba ...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

These are such attractive moths - lovely, Suz !

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Laurel, Mississippi, USA

Spotted on Apr 20, 2014
Submitted on Apr 22, 2014

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