December 10, 2016 10:10 pm
Hi! My aunt found this little guy on her rose bush in her yard. We were curious to find out what type of moth it is. Thankyou!
Signature: To Emma
This is an Owlet Moth in the family Noctuidae, and we believe it is Lichnoptera decora, a species Julian Donahue graciously identified for us in the past. The species is also pictured on BugGuide. The image your aunt provided appears to illustrate a moth on a leaf that is curled around a cocoon. We can think of two possible scenarios to explain the image. Perhaps the moth just emerged from the cocoon, or perhaps it is a male moth that has been attracted to the pheromones released by a female who is about to emerge from the cocoon. Are you able to elaborate on either of those suspicions?
Yes! My aunt found it as a caterpillar and watched it emerge out of the cocoon. Then she took a picture of the moth.