Subject: Malformed moth?
Geographic location of the bug: Midway Utah – on the WOW trail
Time: 12:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We found this little guy crawling around while biking. It looks like he didn’t develop properly. Can you tell what species it might be? And what would cause it to grow so poorly?
How you want your letter signed: JAB
This is a Buck Moth in the genus Hemileuca that has just emerged from the pupa and its wings have not yet expanded. There are at least eight species in Utah in the genus.