Giant Leopard Moth

What type of moth is this? Found in Texas
August 25, 2009
I found this moth clinging to the inside of my door. I put it gently outside, later it found its way back into the house. I have never seen anything like it. It did not seem to want to fly.
Yvonne , Jeremy and Isla
Texas

Giant Leopard Moth
Giant Leopard Moth

Hi Yvonne, Jeremy and Isla,
This is a Giant Leopard Moth or Eyed Tiger Moth, Hypercompe scribonia.  Many Tiger Moths do not eat as adults and they are attracted to lights.  Though we don’t get Eyed Tiger Moths at our Los Angeles offices, we do get a relative known as the Painted Arachnis.  Each year they are attracted to the porch lights and lay eggs on the wooden siding.  The furry caterpillars, known as Woolly Bears, hatch and disperse where they are general feeders.  According to BugGuide, Giant Leopard Moth “larvae feed on a great variety of broad-leaved plants, including banana, cabbage, cherry, dandelion, maple, orange, sunflower, violet, willow.

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  1. I found a wooly bear (Giant Leopard moth) caterpillar in the beginning of the spring and placed it in a butterfly cage with lots of dandelions, it made a cocoon and hatched 3 weeks later. After hatching I brought it outside where it took a very long time to fly away. It is nocturnal so I didnt see him/her fly away but stayed for 2 hours watching it crawl around the netting of the butterfly cage. At one point it began rapidly moving its wings like a motor and made a cool vibration noise. I miss it now!! It was gone by morning, I didnt know if it was a boy or girl and I would like to know how long it will live . I so want to see him or her again flying by!

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