Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1190781

Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer
Harrisina metallica

Observation date: October 06, 2018
Date notes: Sightings over the last few days
Submitted by: KimJenNM
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: We live in Placitas, NM and have noticed several of these on our patio. They appear to be most common by our juniper but that may be a coincidence. They’re popping up mainly on the East side of the house that gets a lot of morning sun and afternoon shade. They are not longer than 1/2 to 3/4 inch long and travel flat rather than foot-to-foot like an inch worm. It’s just stared to get cool here, so we are a little surprised to see such fragile creatures crawling around - we expect to have our first frost in the next week or so.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: October 15, 2018
Coordinator notes: with the blue bands this is western grapeleaf skeletonizer moth
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Sandoval County