Subject: Colorful bug
June 9, 2016 2:47 pm
I saw this crawling at the base of a rose bush on June 9 2016 near Chelsea MI.
It’s very colorful but what is it?
Signature: Curious G
Dear Curious G,
This is a newly metamorphosed Giant Leopard Moth or Eyed Tiger Moth, Hypercompe scribonia. Once its wings expand, they will cover the colorful abdomen and the Giant Leopard Moth will be able to fly to seek out a mate. Adult Giant Leopard Moths do not eat, surviving off the fat they stored as Woolly Bear Caterpillars.