Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1289590

Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth
Orthosia hibisci

Observation date: May 01, 2021
Submitted by: wilderneyes
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Specimen was found indoors in a semi-lit crevice between the wall and ceiling near the kitchen. Its colourings are a mixture of browns and greys. Colour alterations are subtle, the highest contrasting markings being a small dark circle on the outer forewing, and a paler circular marking above that. The hindwings are lighter in colour than the forewings, and have very small, fine horizontal stripes on the underside. The collar is quite fluffy and hides much of the moth's head and face; when at rest, it has a very round shape. It is about 3/4 of an inch long. On this specimen, the right forewing appears to have been damaged or marked in some way, interfering with the colouration. This marking appeared to have a paler centre, with a darker general colouration on a large portion the wing, though the specimen did not appear to have issues with flight when observed. The sheen and smoothness of the right forewing seemed to be disrupted by this marking in comparison with the left, which is smooth and much paler.
Status: Unknown
Verified by: Mark Wheeler
Verified date: May 01, 2021
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): Canada, Saskatchewan