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Wingless Moth? - Alsophila pometaria - female

Wingless Moth? - Alsophila pometaria - Female
Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
February 2, 2013
Size: 0.25 inch
This looks very much like a moth, but it doesn't appear to have any wings! It's hanging out on the wall of my house. I haven't detected any movement by it, so I suppose it could have died and had its wings eaten off of it. But I don't see an obvious place where they would have attached.


Moved from Geometrid Moths.

Moved from ID Request.

looks fat, so maybe waiting for a male to come along
and inseminate her. After that she'd lay her eggs.

Wingless female
There are some moths species with wingless females (or greatly reduced wings). Yours could be something like Alsophila pometaria, said to be active after the first frost. Someone else will know.

Thanks for the initial info,
Thanks for the initial info, Randy. I'll leave the photo here in hopes for some more info.

as mentioned above:

Another wingless female moth sp. is the Linden Looper #6665

Thank you both!
Thank you both!

You're welcome
Based on the picture, it still looks (or looked) alive. I don't think it could sit/stand up like that if dead. Many moths I've seen (especially at night) will sit unmoved for hours. With this being wingless, it seems like it'd be especially restricted in mobility. Maybe something to research :-)

I'll look into it. It moved l
I'll look into it. It moved later in the day and wasn't on the ground below where it had be perched, so I'm guessing it was in fact still alive.

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