What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

I have several photos
Location: Northern Idaho Panhandle
October 24, 2010 8:36 am
I am a hobby photographer, and I have several photos of creatures I am unable to identify.
I took this photo when I was living in Sandpoint, Idaho. It was sitting on a stack of firewood, but climbed onto my hand with no prompting.
Signature: Dee

Ranchman's Tiger Moth

Hi Dee,
We are so happy you have a lovely creature you would like identified as we have been fielding so many recent identification requests from folks who believe the Stink Bugs, Carpet Beetles and other creatures they have found in their homes might be Bed Bugs.  We identified your Ranchman’s Tiger Moth,
Platyprepia virginalis, by first going through the Arctiid Plates on the Moth PHotographers Group website.  Then we searched BugGuide where we found a nice posting that includes the eggs,  the caterpillars and the adults of this lovely allegedly diurnal Tiger Moth.  Your letter did not indicate the month of the year for the sighting.

I shot the photo in  mid-June of 2009, I was on Gold Cap Mountain, in Priest River, Idaho.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
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2 Responses to Ranchman’s Tiger Moth

  1. ninkasi27 says:

    How beautiful!

  2. Tanya says:

    I have seen three of these beauties in June of 2015, just north of sandpoint, idaho. Thanks for the I.D.!

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