Subject: Beautiful Snow Prince
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
April 1, 2016 11:22 pm
You answered an email I sent before about a moth, and so I thought I would ask again. I found this beauty while visiting my parents in the SF Bay Area. What kind of moth is he/she? It was such a beautiful creature. 🙂
Thanks for your help. You’re awesome!
This lovely moth is a Vestal Tiger Moth, Spilosoma vestalis, and according to BugGuide: “Larvae feed on leaves of various flowering trees, particularly oak.” We believe this may be the first example of this species on our site.
That’s exciting! Thanks again, it made my day seeing the post on Facebook! 😊 Glad to contribute to moth documentation!
Update: April 16, 2018
Thanks to a comment by Karoline, we are now wondering if this might be a Fall Webworm moth.