what’s that moth
Location: Grand Teton National Park, Surprise Lake Trail
November 13, 2011 12:54 pm
Large moth found sitting in low shrubs mid-day, July 27, 2011, at about 8000 feet elevation in Grand Teton National Park. Large size and bright color really made it stand out – it was over an inch long. I’m guessing it may be an atypical (lacking black bands) western sheep moth. Would love to know what it is. Thanks.
We apologize for the delay. We agree with you that this is a Western Sheep Moth or Elegant Sheep Moth, Hemileuca eglanterina. As you indicated, some individuals lack the black bands that make the wings resemble a stained glass window. See BugGuide for more photos of the Elegant Sheep Moth.