Leopard Looking Cicada?
Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:01 AM
My grandmother found this bug outside of my house near Cincinnati, Ohio. It was flying, but flew into a spider web, and when we went back to check it, it was on the concrete next to the house. The body of it looked kind of like a caterpillar, and was entirely black and white. It appeared unable to fly, so my grandmother and I moved it to the grass. When we went back to check on it, it was gone.
Midwest, United States
In four days, we have received at least four requests to have a Giant Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, identified, and your sighting was from the furthest north. The southernmost sighting was in Louisiana. The tips of the wings of your moth, also known as an Eyed Tiger Moth, are missing many scales, no doubt because of the trauma associated with the spider web.