Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Iowa

Sighting Record 1219797

Observation Notes: 
On office window in Des Moines, sunny day, 78 degrees, slightly humid. Last week was extremely hot and humid; this week has been around 75-80 degrees and mild.
Region: 
United States
Iowa
Polk County
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 41.6449925, -93.6941352

Date of Observation *: 
Friday, July 26, 2019 - 09:30
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
moth

Sighting Record 1219582

Region: 
United States
Iowa
Franklin County
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 42.703696110781394, -93.16390468526731

Date of Observation *: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 13:30
Suggested Identification: 
Horned Spanmoth Caterpillar
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
caterpillar

Sighting Record 1218304

Observation Notes: 
Many caterpillars of the same species of varying ages hide under a milkweed leaf located in the shade. Air temp was around 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Region: 
United States
Iowa
Linn County
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 41.97905182399915, -91.70401738783568

Date of Observation *: 
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 17:24
Suggested Identification: 
tussock moth
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
caterpillar

Sighting Record 1218299

Observation Notes: 
Monarch caterpillar only a few days old. Hiding under a common milkweed leaf located in the shade. Air temp was around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Region: 
United States
Iowa
Linn County
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 41.979165343549035, -91.70378152717285

Date of Observation *: 
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 17:13
Suggested Identification: 
Monarch
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
caterpillar

Sighting Record 1217906

Observation Notes: 
Found several of these caterpillars on the leaves of a weeping pussy willow tree, right next to a butterfly garden. 89 degrees and sunny outside.
Region: 
United States
Iowa
Benton County
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 41.953880999999996, -91.88063319999998

Date of Observation *: 
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 13:00
Suggested Identification: 
viceroy
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
caterpillar

Sighting Record 1217346

Observation Notes: 
We found this moth on the side of our camper. It's approximately 74 degrees F, but was closer to 90 during the daytime - very hot, sunny, humid weather this week. We're in a campground on an island surrounded by the Mississippi & its back water lakes.
Region: 
United States
Iowa
Jackson County
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 42.05600893827739, -90.17394150731184

Date of Observation *: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 01:35
Suggested Identification: 
Imperial Moth
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
moth

Sighting Record 1216624

Observation Notes: 
It is a hairy, bright yellow caterpillar with black spikes. It was found crawling on the ground in the shade, at the base of a large maple tree.
Region: 
United States
Iowa
Story County
Location Notes: 
Milford Township, Story Co. Iowa
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 42.045774, -93.52095300000002

Date of Observation *: 
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 09:45
Suggested Identification: 
American Dagger Moth
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
caterpillar

Sighting Record 1216157

Observation Notes: 
Found sitting on the door mat outside the Kwik Shop. Picked up in a cup so someone wouldn't step on them. Just set the cup on them at first, thought it would try to fly away. When it didn't move, I just set the cup in front of them and nudged it with my finger, walked right into the cup. Didn't move at all from the side of the cup till I tried to get it into the old fish aquarium at home, absolutely refused to leave the cup or move at all. Used a piece of receipt paper trying to get them to walk onto it so I could just set the receipt into the aquarium, instead they finally opened their wings a little bit and flapped onto the side of the aquarium for me when I touched their legs with the paper.
Region: 
United States
Iowa
Scott County
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 41.560265779105634, -90.6002140045166

Date of Observation *: 
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 07:00
Suggested Identification: 
Virginian Tiger Moth or Agreeable Tiger Moth
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
moth