Subject: Bird Dropping Moth?
Location: Coryell County, Texas
October 23, 2014 9:39 pm
Hello, I spotted this moth near the garage when I returned home today. It was clinging to the Malvaviscus arboreus for hours. I haven’t had any luck in finding its genus or species. I’m guessing that it’s a Bird Dropping Moth, for obvious reasons.
Your moth does resemble bird droppings. There is a moth that is commonly called a Bird Dropping Moth and our readers frequently write in that Wood Nymphs in the genus Eudryas resemble bird droppings, but neither is your moth which is in the genus Tolype and has no common name. Seems looking like bird droppings is a good way to protect against getting eaten.