Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1211219

Hibiscus-leaf Caterpillar
Rusicada privata

Observation date: June 20, 2019
Submitted by: EddieGarrity
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I was pulling out living stems of a volunteer catnip plant that had fallen under the weight of a heavy rain. I saw this moth at 6:52 PM, resting on the ground. I'm guessing it had been sheltering there, underneath the stems I had pulled out. The stems had all their leaves and the flowers had started to bloom at the top of the stems. I have five Hibiscus moscheutos plants in a row in the backyard, still in pots, that I hope to plant soon. If this is a female it will have a place to lay eggs. Maybe it has already done so. This moth was found sheltering in the front yard.
Status: Resident
Verified by: rogerdowner
Verified date: June 22, 2019
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Virginia, Alexandria