Subject: Maine Moth?
Location: Houlton, ME
June 24, 2016 8:57 am
These little creatures never sit still. I was lucky yesterday with a zoom lens.
Signature: Mike from Maine
Dear Mike from Maine,
At first glance we thought this was an Eight Spotted Forrester, but we quickly realized there were subtle differences. Your moth is a White Spotted Sable, Anania funebris, and according to BugGuide it is: “Often mistaken for an Eight-spotted Forester (Alypia octomaculata), which is considerably larger [no overlap in wingspan], has a total of only 8 spots on the wings, and has a prominent tuft of orange hair-like scales on its legs – the ‘leg warmers’ that Hannah refers to in her image of an Eight-spotted Forester.” Of the White Spotted Sable, BugGuide notes: “Habitat fields, open areas; adults often visit flowers during the day Season adults fly from May to July Food larvae feed on goldenrod (Solidago spp.) and Dyer’s Greenweed (Genista tinctoria).”
Thank You, I really appreciate what you all do. I will continue to look for new, and interesting insects up here in Northern Maine. 🙂