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Unidentified white moth - Spilosoma virginica

Unidentified white moth - Spilosoma virginica
Kohl's Ranch, elev ca. 5320 ft., Gila County, Arizona, USA
June 22, 2016
Ponderosa pine/juniper/oak forest vic. of Tonto Creek.

On 30 Aug 2015 4 caterpillars were found crawling on outside wall. Next day, Aug 31 2015, all 4 had burrowed below the surface of the dirt on bottom of cage and were either still visible as caterpillars but motionless, or were enclosed in a webby cocoon with dirt stuck to it. On Sept 1 2015, all were in cocoons under soil. Overwintered in the basement in a plastic critter keeper. Removed from basement to patio on 28 Feb 2016. By 12 Jun 2016, no sign of emergence so I dug them up and opened the cocoons. Found 2 possibly viable pupae, size 14 mm. On 22 June 2016 this moth had emerged from it's pupa and was photo'd before release.

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Note the black stripes on the legs, the yellow fortibias and the caterpillar . It is a Lichen Moth, Genus Spilosoma, and there has only been one species of Spilosoma identified on BG from Arizona, so I think my species ID is correct.

 
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