|Silver-spotted Tiger moth, Lophocampa argentata, found climbing our wall|
I couldn't identify this right away, and planned to send it in to BugGuide, but I did my homework first; no sense giving them more work than I need to.
Limiting my search to immature moths, which includes eggs and chrysalises, I found 26,875 photos in the image file on BugGuide. Too many!
I switched to butterflies. Not because they were more likely, but there were only 4,375 photos of immatures. I looked through them all. No match. Back, reluctantly, to the moths.
We see Orange Underwings around here most years. And there were only 175 photos of immatures. But, sadly, not these guys.
I backed up the chain, to the Noctouidea, the night-flying moths. Only 14,175 photos to scan. And I think I've found my target, in the Tiger Moth category (4,150 immatures). And to confirm, I've seen an adult or two around here.
|Unidentified caterpillar, at Elgin Heritage Park.|
For this one, I started looking in the Tiger Moths. And it seemed that I might be on the right track, until, about 1500 photos in, I found a few similar ones that the experts were not sure of.
That's a good enough excuse for me to quit; I'm sending this one in.