Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1149699

Nevada buckmoth
Hemileuca nevadensis

Observation date: November 06, 2017
Submitted by: Kristin S
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I first noted 2 or 3 of these flying @ Noon hour on 3 Nov 2017 in a parking lot across the street from this sighting. On 6 Nov 2017 I saw many, many (perhaps 75 to 100) of these moths flying around in the field behind my workplace. The vegetation in field was brown/sere except for trees (not sure what type) along the small creek/seep. There were also trees above the sidewalk where I found this specimen; they had narrow, green leaves like desert willow, but the flowers were very tiny, white, with faint scent. This moth was sitting still in shade on cement sidewalk and flew off about 5 mins after photo taken. I did not see moths landing anywhere, however there were 2 dying moths on the sidewalk about 1 foot away from this one. Over the next 3 days the number of moths in the area diminished; by 9 Nov 2017 I only saw 5-10 moths.
Status: Resident
Verified by: ishaan2009
Verified date: October 21, 2021
Coordinator notes: These moths can swarm in the major numbers when the flight season peaks. -Ishaan
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Riverside County