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Bug of the Week: Another Bougainvillea Caterpiller Moth

Usually when I see a drab brown moth on the wall I don't get too excited because the different kinds tend look alike even to a trained entomologist. If you can't identify something, it's hard to learn much about it.

This moth caught my eye, however, because I do know what it is. There's no mistaking the fuzzy front legs and ...

the tufts of hairs on the antennae. It's a bougainvillea caterpiller moth, Asciodes gordialis. The antennal tufts means it's a male.

It probably was attracted to our porch light the night before and was resting during the day.

If you remember, I raised one of these back in June. Discovering this one was like spotting an old friend.

Did you find any insects you recognized this week?

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