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This moth varies a lot in color and patterning (see this page at the Moth Photographers Group: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.ed.... According to research completed in 2004 (Timothy Tomon, Pennsylvania State University), there is only one species of this moth in North America, although others have identified three species. The larva is called the red-cheeked looper.
One of the prettiest moths I have spotted. More information here: http://www.entomology.museums.ualberta.c...
Spotted on Jul 18, 2013
Submitted on Jul 21, 2013
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31 Comments (1–25)
Thank you, Emily, Harum, Oneng, Mayra, Susan, Jared, Fyn, Ipwill1 and Noel!
Congrats, Maria! Great spot!
Awesome sighting! Congratulations Maria!
Makes me think of wood when I look at it, so its not surprising that it is found in the woods! Very nice find.
Very pretty moth..:)
Beautiful, Maria! Great shot! Congrats on spotting of the day! (Well deserved!)
Thanks so much for all your nice comments – glad to see this beautiful moth getting the recognition it deserves. I added a bit more information. The only thing about moths I remember from childhood is seeing small white ones for which my mother said we needed to use mothballs to prevent them from eating holes in our woolen clothes. Before Project Noah, I thought of butterflies as the beauties of the insect world and moths as their drab, whitish cousins. So glad to have learned that the moths can be stunning and interesting, thanks to all the wonderful postings by other Project Noah members!
Congratulations Maria ! Awesome name to the moth! so friendly like you. ha ha ha :)
Congrats Maria! Lovely!
amazing - you guys are having a great time with your spectacular moths !!
Extraordinary mahogany inlay. Envy from the wintery world down under. :)
Congrats! Beautiful moth.
What a great name for a moth Maria :-) congratulations on the SOTD!
Maria ,very beautiful!
Congratulations Maria, it is a wonderful moth!
Wonderful! It is so gorgeous! Congratulations! Awesome find!
Beautiful moth Maria. Congratulations on your SOTD :)
Gorgeous Moth Maria. Congratulations on SOTD.
Congrats Maria! Beautiful moth :)