October 14, 2014

Prominent Moth: Notodonta Torva

This fuzzy moth was found on the wall of our house. I thought at first that it must be a Tussock Moth, but it turns out to have been a Prominent Moth. Both generally have fuzzy forelegs.

Common Name: a type of Prominent Moth
Scientific Name: Notodonta torva
     Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
          Phylum: Anthropoda (Anthropods)
               Subphylum: Hexapoda (Hexapods)
                    Class: Insecta (Insects)
                         Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
                              Superfamily: Noctuoidea
                                   Family: Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
                                        Subfamily: Notodontinae
                                             Tribe: Notodontini
                                                  Genus: Notodonta
                                                       Species: torva (Notodonta torva)

I wish I could have seen the larva. It is very interesting with a hard smooth head that is white with black spots. As well as ringed spots and a bright orange bump on its tail.

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