Sand Hill Moth
We often see this beautiful speckled moth in sand hill country
after rain and even when rain is threatening.
It is more accurately known as a Crotalaria Moth (from the Tiger
Moth family, Arctiidae) due to its caterpillars feeding predominently
on Crotalaria sp. plants. Locals call it the Sand Hill Moth
because of where it is commonly seen but this observation is more
specifically related to the fact that Crotalaria sp. plants
prefer sandy soils.
Flight is not possible in all moths unless they are warm enough.
This is why moths often vibrate their wings prior to flight.
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