Subject: New moth?
Location: Clearwater British Columbia, Canada
June 11, 2015 10:01 am
Hi! I found this guy flailing around outside. I am in clearwater bc and its June… He looks like he is a moth that just came out of a cocoon as his wings are all scunched up. His bum is really heavy and really struggles to move… Keeps flipping over. He’s under observation for now. Pretty beautiful lil guys! Thanks!
You are correct that this Elegant Sheep Moth just emerged from its cocoon. The Elegant Sheep Moth is found in Western North America, and by the time you are receiving this reply (we were on holiday) it should have expanded its wings and flown off. It is also dead by now because it and other members of its family Saturniidae, the Giant Silk Moths, do not feed as adults and they only live long enough to mate and reproduce. We are guessing that Clearwater is at a high elevation as that is where Elegant Sheep Moths are found.
Wow! Thank you! Quite the name! Bugs are the best! FYI Clearwater isn’t very high elevation…. I’d guess 500m above sea level, however there are mountains and glaciers close by and some pretty impressive winds.