Marshmellow Looking Bug
July 16, 2010
Found in Missouri. Looks like a marshmellow with burned edges. Yellowish Green bordering black edges inside. Two legs (?) in front and looks like maybe two in back. Moth, butterfly looking.
Dear Never Seen,
We are amused that you described this Owlet Moth as looking like a burnt marshmallow, because most people describe it as looking like bird poop. It is a Wood Nymph in the genus Eudryas, and we believe based on this BugGuide description: “the dark band along outer margin of forewing is smoothly curved on the inside, not scalloped as in E. unio,” that it is the Beautiful Wood Nymph, Eudryas grata, as opposed to the very similar Pearly Wood Nymph, Eudryas unio.