September 16, 2014

Putnam's Looper Moth

This moth was by the light on our porch one morning. As well as Putnam's Looper Moth, it has also been called Lempke's Gold Spot. It caught my attention being bright gold coloured with white spots. 

Common Name: Putnam's Looper Moth
Scientific Name: Plusia putnami
     Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
          Phylum: Anthropoda (Anthropods)
               Subphylum: Hexapoda (Hexapods)
                    Class: Insecta (Insects)
                         Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
                              Superfamily: Noctuoidea
                                   Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
                                        Subfamily: Plusiinae
                                             Tribe: Plusiini
                                                  Genus: Plusia
                                                       Species: putnami (Putnam's Looper Moth)
Other Facts: Its caterpillar is a green inchworm with a white stripe on each side down the length of it.

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