Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1361782

Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth
Lochmaeus manteo

Observation date: July 02, 2023
Submitted by: HollyRussell797
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This was crawling on the water hydrant on the north side of my house. Maybe 1.5" long, end is forked (sort that's not visible in photo). I hadn't seen one before (I'm ever present in my yard this time of year and very tuned into the various bugs, worms and etc that turn up). Variable oakleaf caterpillar SEEMS to be the closest ID I can find. Taken in Louisville, Nebraska. No oaks in our yard, and I don't believe in either of our neighbors yards... but one neighbor has 12 acres so.....may not be visible to me. (They have quite a lot of fruit trees on their property if that's meaningful at all). I'm sure there are plenty of oaks in the area. I don't think it was looking for water at the hydrant.... we've been in a drought, but have had 2" of rain over the past 2 days so everything is still good and damp.
Status: Resident
Verified by: J_Martineau
Verified date: July 10, 2023
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Nebraska, Cass County