Subject: Silver-Spotted fern moth
Location: Mancelona, MI
July 6, 2014 6:12 pm
The Silver-Spotted Fern Moth (Callopistria cordata) is instantly recognizable by the reflective silver spots on the wings (they appear white here, of course). It’s orangeish to reddish brown, with a wingspan of 25-28 mm, according to Bugguide. As the name suggests, the larvae feed on ferns. Our area is absolutely stuffed with bracken ferns, so I’m sure I’ll be seeing more of these soon–this specimen, I spotted on July 5.
We have finally gotten around to posting your Silver Spotted Fern Moth image from the other day. This really is a pretty Owlet Moth and we are linking to the BugGuide page.