Thanks for you quick response! The mystery moth is definitely not a
forester, but after going through the Peterson plates several times I'm
still drawing a blank. It looks most like a Herpetogramma thestialis but the
spot pattern isn't right and it doesn't have the purple sheen. But the
general jizz of it is like that of H. thestialis, including the long,
skinny, ringed abdomen. My co-worker Susan Sawyer took some digital photos
of it today and I'll send them your way when she gets them to me.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Griggs" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 7:46 PM
Subject: Re: Swallowtails and a cool moth
> Hi Chip:
> Hard to tell what your moth is without a photo. Could be one of the
> foresters , I noticed there was Virginia Creeper at North Branch. We get
> both the Eight-spotted and Langton's forester here in Vermont, both are
> fliers. Virginia Creeper is the host plant for the Eight-spotted forester.
> I'm looking forward to your photo.