Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1164372

Ornate Tiger Moth
Apantesis ornata

Observation date: June 22, 2018
Submitted by: AM
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I live in a forest in the Siskiyou Mountains which is a young unusual forest near Seaid Valley California. Moth was on a screen door of house folded up and I thought it was dead. I picked it up and it lay flat on my hand. That is when I took the picture. I am sure you would have rather had it in it's normal floral environment. I have organic gardens and see a host of butterflies/moths and had not noted one just like this. About five minutes later I tried putting the moth on a tree branch and it fluttered off. It is a sunny morning but the area where the moth was did not have sun yet it had shade. Zip code here is 96086 I regularly water the grounds twice a day so butterflies can get drinks from the mud. I have a variety of trees and plants, many plants here are too attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The area is known for having unusual species due to the youth of the forest. I note this one is not normally in California.
Status: Unknown
Verified by: mcduck
Verified date: September 26, 2022
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Siskiyou County