Subject: Lepodopteran identification request
Geographic location of the bug: USA, California, 12 km west of Bishop in the Sierra Nevada Mts.
Time: 04:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Came across several of these emerging on August 30, 2021. Just wondering about the identity of this beauty?
How you want your letter signed: Frank Baele
This is one of the Buckmoths in the genus Hemileuca, and we believe it is most likely the Hera Buckmoth, Hemileuca hera, which is pictured on BugGuide where it states: “Caterpillars feed on basin big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) and sand sagebrush (A. filifolia). Adults do not feed.”
Hey Daniel, that is great! Much appreciation. Frank Baele