Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Eight-spotted Forester

We had to wait for our room to be ready on our first day at Big Bend National Park on 25 February 2014. So we drove down to Panther Junction along the Rio Grande. Among the cattails in a small pond near a campground, we discovered an Eight-spotted Forester. This day-flying moth is often mistaken for a butterfly. The species ranges across much of eastern North America, west to South Dakota and Texas. The caterpillars can be a pest.

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