Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1216157

Virginian Tiger Moth or Yellow Woolybear Moth
Spilosoma virginica

Observation date: July 12, 2019
Submitted by: Zetro
Specimen type: Photograph
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.
Status: Resident
Verified by: jamesdurbin
Verified date: April 02, 2020
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Iowa, Scott County