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Sand Hill Moth

Utetheisa lotrix

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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Sand hill moth
The beautiful Sand Hill Moth or Crotalaria Moth
Photo - Philip Gee

 

 

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