Nice colorful moth to identify

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  1. pilonm

    pilonm Seedling

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    Hello all,

    Here is a nice colorful moth I found in my yard. Sadly I am not able to identify it (family, genus, species) by searching the net.

    Pictures took at Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada (near Vermont)

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    Can you please help me?

    Thanks,

    Michel
    Quebec
    Canada
     
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  3. Droopy

    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    Wish I coud ID it for you. It's very special. I love the brown and grey patterns and the tufts on the head and back. Amazing.
     
  4. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I can't find any ID on your Moth either. Moths have been known to cross breed, this could be what you have. Also, Moths, like most Butterflies, are more difficult to ID with their wings folded than with them spread, the designs change and sometimes the coloring appears totally different between the two views.

    You could send your photo to http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/ they specialize in the creatures specific to North America and could probably give you the answer pretty quickly.
     
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    waretrop Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Could it be a plain ole Gypsy moth???
     



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  6. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Pseudeustrotia carneola?
     
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    waretrop Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Sjoerd, You are exactly right......I think.
     
  8. pilonm

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    Thanks all for your appreciated help.

    Finally I got it: it is Cerma cerintha (with the great name of Tufted Bird Dropping Moth!!!).

    It's true that is it easier to identify moth wings wide opened but I prefer photographing them as I found them in Nature. Also species on all my pictures are all alive....

    Cheers,

    Michel
     
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    Glad that you were able to find it. I have never seen one of those over here.
     
  10. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Glad you found your moth. I wasn't implying that the moth should be dead, just suggesting that you might want to contact professionals who have seen them with wings folded and spread and would be more likely to give you the proper name.;)
     

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