Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1265721

Turbulent Phosphila
Phosphila turbulenta

Observation date: July 26, 2020
Submitted by: ScottRTA
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: My daughter noticed these little guys clumped together on a couple greenbriar leaves while out hiking on a sunny 80 degree afternoon. We have never seen this many clumped together and wasn't for certain on what they were. Our department of agriculture identified them as the turbulent phosphila. When we would touch the leaves they would use their silk to repel down and then climb back up. Very cool and interesting find to say the least.
Status: Resident
Verified by: curtis.lehman
Verified date: August 03, 2020
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, West Virginia, Preston County