Tiger or Spinx Moth
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
December 4, 2010 12:31 am
I found this moth at night Dec. 03 . Judging by its large abdomen and orange stripes, I thought it might be of Arctiidae or Sphingidae .
This is neither a Tiger Moth nor a Sphinx Moth. It is a Buck Moth, Hemileuca maia. Buck Moths belong to the same subfamily as Io Moths and they are classified in the family Saturniidae, the Giant Silkmoths. Adult Buck Moths fly during deer hunting season in the fall, hence their common name.