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Category Archives: Isabella Tiger Moth

This one showed up last night. There were two of them, but one just wouldn’t sit still for a photography session. An Isabella Tiger Moth.

She’s quite plain, although her color is very rich and elegant.

And get a load of those orange legs! Stunning.

This is a Pyrrharctia isabella [Arctiidae], an Isabella Tiger Moth

“Wingspan 5.3 cm. Wings with small black spots; forewing is mustard-yellow; hindwing is yellow-orange. This arctiid is widely distributed in western North America and is particularly common west of the Cascade Mountains. Moths fly in midsummer. Caterpillars are generalist feeders on foliage of herbaceous plants such as nettle (Urtica)”