Moth Monday: Cabbage Webworm Moth

I’ve been building up quite a backlog of moth species. Not to much of a surprise since they’re somewhere around 10,000 species in North America alone, so I’m going to start posting one every Monday until I run out. First up for Labor Day we have the Cabbage Webworm Moth, Hellula rogatalis, Hodges#4846:

This is a medium-sized moth, about two centimeters, that I found in William R. Mason Park before dusk. Like a lot of moths it’s actually named after the caterpillar rather the adult. It’s nocturnal, but often flushed during the daytime, which is how I found this one. It’s camouflage is excellent. If it hadn’t flown, I never would have spotted it.

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