Friday, June 28, 2013

Lappet Moth - Phyllodesma americana

Today's moth is a small brown moth that isn't startlingly beautiful or particularly attention-grabbing, but in my opinion, it is a moth emulating the appearance of a small hedgehog.  The shape of its head and the way its wing has a slightly scalloped appearance along the top edge give it that snuffling hedgehog look.
It may be hard to tell from this close-up, but this moth also looks rather like a brown dried leaf at first glance.  

Speaking of leaves, the larvae feed on alder, poplar, birch, oak and willow leaves, among others.  It's a fairly common moth throughout much of North America.  This was was spotted on June 1st, 2013.

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