Police Car Moth - Arctiidae Pericopinae Ghophaela vermiculata
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September 2, 2005 - Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah - ©Nicky Davis

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Family: Arctiidae - Sub-Family: Pericopinae - Genus: Ghophaela - Species: Vermiculata

Most moths are nocturnal. This black and white moth is unusual in that it is active during the day. It is very conspicuous, especially with the two orange hair tufts just behind its head. It is also a poor flyer. These features may seem to make it very vulnerable to predators but it has defensive chemicals in its body that deter would-be attackers. This specimen was feeding on nectar from some Asters.

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