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Tiger Moth - Spilosoma

Tiger Moth - Spilosoma
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
July 3, 2004
Oh the missed opportunities! Don't you hate it when you don't notice something until you get back to the computer! I had NO idea there were two moths could I miss this!

Seen the same, mating?
I've seen the exact thing here in Durham, two of these fluffy white Spilosoma, one on each side of a leaf. I presume they had, or were about to, mate. I'm still not sure on the species either--they looked very similar to yours--almost pure white.

Mating does seem real plausible. The one on this side of the leaf has feathery antennae, a male. The one behind has much more thread-like antennae--surely a female. Sometimes circumstantial evidence is very convincing.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

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