Saturday, August 8, 2015

Police Car Moth

Yes, this is really the name of this strikingly patterned moth and no, it is not a butterfly. The full scientific name of the moth is Arctiidae Pericopinae Ghophaela vermiculata. It is found in the western parts of the United States and south-western Canada, from British Columbia to California, east to New Mexico and north to Manitoba. We found this one on a flower in the High Uintah Mountains of eastern Utah at about 10,000 feet above sea level. I find it interesting how many people walked by this moth without even noticing it. It is one thing to be in the outdoors, it is another thing to be aware of what you are seeing.

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