Random Insect: Tiger moth larva

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Tiger moth larva photographed 04/14/2014 at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.

Last week I found a number of these tiger moth larvae (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae) crawling around on the ground at Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado. They were at an elevation of about 7000 feet in a pinion-juniper woodland on Chapin Mesa.

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Tiger moth larva photographed 04/14/2014 at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.

While many tiger moth species can be very common, I was unable to identify the genus of this individual. It appears similar to Lophocampa ingens, a species that inhabits the Four Corners region. Larvae of that species are known to feed on pinion pine, a tree that happens to be abundant in the area. Although I’m skeptical this individual is of that species it may be closely related.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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