White Spotted Sable

Black and white Polka dot moth
Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 2:10 PM
Can you identify this moth for me? It is not the polka dot wasp moth I know, but I am curious. It was about 1.5 inches in wing spread.
Susie Watson
Gill’s Rock, Wisconsin

White Spotted Sable
White Spotted Sable

Hi Susie,
Your moth is a White Spotted Sable, Anania funebris, which we quickly identified on bugGuide.  It is diurnal, and often mistaken for a butterfly.  The species is similar looking to the Eight Spotted Forrester.  The White Spotted Sable is a Snout Moth in the family Crambidae.

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