Eight-Spotted Forester Moth

Alypia octomaculata

bio_lepidopteran_eight-spotted_forester_mothThis moth posed on the leaf of a sweet potato slip in the greenhouse one morning in late May. This isn’t a species we see often, but its coloration was stunning, so I had to grab the camera. We finally figured out the ID when we spotted a pinned specimen in the collection of the Enns Entomology Museum. For more info on this species, see this post on the MObugs blog.