The Spotted Apatelodes

All the way from Texas, Patti Nelson asks, “What’s this animal?”

Well Patti, it looks like you’ve got an early flyer there! That’s the Spotted Apatelodes, Apatelodes torrefacta, a beautiful moth of the Bombycidae (Silkworm Moths) family which is commonly mistaken for the somewhat similar looking Sphinx Moth. I say early flyer because they are most commonly in flight between May and August. These fellas go through 3 generations per year, 2 in the south and 1 in the north.

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1 comment

  1. Very cool. Is it an indication of an earlier or warmer summer since it’s being seen earlier than usual?

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