Subject: Moth ? I.D. please?
Location: SW Foothills of Colorado
May 18, 2017 8:46 pm
Hi! My granddaughter spotted this beautiful moth in the grass. I’ve never seen one like this before here in CO, and wondered what kind it is.
This delicate Tiger Moth is a Salt Marsh Moth, Estigmene acrea, and according to BugGuide, it can be identified by: “Adult: forewing white with about 20 small black spots scattered across the disk, and 5 larger black spots spaced along the costa. Males have dark yellow hindwings, those of females are mostly white (with 3 or 4 black blotches in both sexes).” BugGuide also states the habitat is: “open wooded areas, meadows, farm fields, weedy waste places, prairie grasslands, and marshes – including salt marshes; adults are nocturnal and come to light” and “Adults fly from May to September. Adults fly year round in Texas” It is a wide ranging species based on BugGuide data.
Thank you! And thank you for the great website – grand-kids love it!