Monday, May 14, 2007

Monday Moth

From inside the house this critter on the window screen looked like a bit of leaf or maybe a tree flower, with just a little more definition than you'd expect. So I went outside to get a better look, and found this pretty little, pretty well camouflaged, moth.

Moth on screen

I think this is a Lappet Moth (Phyllodesma americana), based on the colour and wing position. It's related to the tent caterpillar moth. Here's a link to a page with another photo of the moth, and of the caterpillar too. And here's the species page at BugGuide, which describes this moth as rare to locally common...

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