Veined Ctenucha

San Pedro River AZ redhead
November 11, 2009
A friend in AZ recently took this picture of this very handsome insect. It was on a rabbit bush in the San Pedro River Raparian area in SE Arizona. She said she saw a couple of them on the bush. It’s probably fairly common, but I lived there for eight years and don’t recall ever seeing one of these before. It’s gorgeous, and I’d really like to know what it is.
I HOPE the picture attached correctly!
San Pedro River near Sierra Vista, AZ

Veined Ctenucha
Veined Ctenucha

Hi Elaine,
Your moth is known as the Veined Ctenucha, Ctenucha venosa.  It is found in Arizona and New Mexico.  The caterpillars feed on grasses.

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