Subject: Colorful moth
Location: Shelton, Washington
August 14, 2012 3:44 pm
I was letting my dog in when I saw this little guy on the concrete wiggling on its back I went to help him and realized I had never seen a moth like this. I and really excited to see what kind of moth/butterfly this is. Thank you so much! I loveeee your website!
Since the Elegant Sheep Moth, Hemileuca eglanterina, is a diurnal species, most folks confuse it with a butterfly as they do not associate day flights with moths. You can read more about the Elegant Sheep Moth on BugGuide. The Elegant Sheep Moth is a highly variable species and some individuals lack the black markings on the wings.