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27 October 2008

Mystery solved

Y'all all got it. Troll was the first to identify it as a leopard. Actually, it's a Giant Leopard Moth, (Hypercompe scribonia) aka Eyed Tiger Moth. The Leopard Moth (Zeuzera pyrina) has smaller, solid black circles.


This beauty has a 3" wingspan. Its caterpillar is one of the wooly bears. Look for him in the easten half of the US.

5 comments:

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I love the map! Well done.

Suze said...

Does this moth have a pink underside to his wings?

Suze said...

I looked Giant Leopard Moth up and he has no pink coloring - but I've definitely seen the wooly bear caterpillars and picked them up.

TROLL said...

Do I win something?

SophieMae said...

Robert, thanks! It is good to know where to look.

Suze, they do have some nice body colours hidden under there. We had a wooly bear on our deck the other night. Were your hands irritated? As I recall, some people are more sensitive.

Troll, bragging rights and a brownie button. 8-}