Thursday, September 16, 2010

White-striped Black Moth

This forest-inhabiting White-striped Black Moth (Trichodezia albovittata) flew out of the woods and landed on our deck.  Only with the help of Tony Gomez was I able to identify it. This moth flies during the day and not at night.  The larvae feed on fireweed, meadow-rue and impatiens. Curiously, documented records for this species appear to be sparse across the northeast United States, west to Arkansas, Iowa, and Minnesota.

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