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Eye-Spotted Bud Moth

Spilonota ocellana


1/4 inch long, two-tone brown and beige, speckled dots. Dark eyes. Fairly short antennae. This moth seems to be imitating bird droppings for camouflage.


Pacific Westcoast temperate rainforest. Attracted to light on a sheet at the edge of a blueberry field and garden, with a scrub field behind it.


I wasn't even sure this was a moth at first because of its small size and habit of sitting with its wings totally tight to its body, looking like a tube. Here is a link to some photos of this moth: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.ed...

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Yes, time is the issue! Thanks, I am just getting into it and find the array of possibilities daunting! I am starting to figure out Bug Guide and it is very interesting. Just need more time!

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Kathleen, I would be happy to take a look through your spottings when I have some time. :)

Thanks Jemma and Telse!

Yes Telse, it most certainly is now that I looked at the page recommended by ForestDragon. Cool!

Thanks, ForestDragon! You are most certainly right! I love it when the pictures and the information fit the spotting exactly. Appreciate your help. Do you recognize any more of my unknown moths?

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Maybe this one:
Eye-spotted Moth, Spilonota ocellana:

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Kathleen, nice find! This is most certainly a moth. :-) This little moth is most likely a Tortricid moth, Family Tortricidae. It's a large family. Yours has coloration to mimic bird droppings (which many of them do).

Hope this helps!

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Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jul 28, 2013
Submitted on Jul 29, 2013

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