The other morning I found this white-dotted prominent (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae: Nadata gibbosa) resting near my porch light. Like many other insects these moths are drawn to light at night, and they often stick around awhile after the sun comes up. Although it can be difficult to distinguish one moth from the next, this species is somewhat unique in having a humped and tufted thorax, fluffy orange hairs, and two well-defined dots on each forewing.
White-dotted prominents are present throughout much of North America, but they’re particularly common in the eastern United States. These moths are most often found in and around deciduous forests since their fat green larvae feed predominantly on oaks and a handful of other trees. Appropriately, the larvae are commonly referred to as green oak caterpillars.