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Big White Moth - Hypercompe scribonia

Big White Moth - Hypercompe scribonia
Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
May 29, 2007
Size: 4 cm long
This moth has been sitting on the vertical edge of a 5 cm slab of blue stone that forms my front porch. He's been there since 8 am and is still there as of 6:45 pm. He's had full sun exposure from about 11 am on, but is somewhat sheltered by some ornamental grass and petunias in a planter (which I moved to take the photo). He caught my eye because he's so huge and has such unusual markings that I mistook him at first for a piece of newspaper with some text on it.

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Giant Leopard Moth
Hypercompe scribonia. See more here. If you're willing to risk it's flying away, you should try to pick it up and get shots of the body! (you'll see why when you look at the other images).

Hypercompe scribonia
Thanks for the i.d. and other pics! Unfortunately I'm too afraid to pick it up, but wow, the other pics of the colors in the body are gorgeous.

Fresh, immaculate specimen.
Your specimen just recently emerged, and probably has not even flown yet. Most specimens we see have the scales completely gone from half of the front wing, and no blue scales at all on the thorax as visible here. What a pristine animal! Thank you for sharing.

Thanks! I feel so lucky to have seen such a beautiful creature up close. I guess he's flying by now because last night when I checked on him at 8 pm, he was gone and I haven't seen him since. I kindof miss him :-) (Can you tell what sex it is from the picture?)

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