Subject: Moth ID needed
Geographic location of the bug: Rolla, Missouri
Time: 03:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This little guy is about 1.25″ long for Head to Tail. Found in Rolla, Missouri. Can you help me ID him/her? thank you PS: I’m presuming it’s a moth just because of its looks.
How you want your letter signed: BugAppreciator
This is a Prominent Moth in the family Notodontidae, and we had imagined hours of fruitless research in determining its identity when we originally knew it was part of the enormous superfamily Noctuoidea, but we got lucky when we found the White-Blotched Heterocampa, Heterocampa umbrata, pictured on the Moth Photographers Group website. According to BugGuide: “The larvae feed on oaks (Quercus).”