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Photo Details - ©Nicky Davis
September 2, 2005 - Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah

Family Tree
Family: Erebidae Genus: Ghophaela - Species: Vermiculata

Ovum: Two females were ovipositing although #1 oviposited the majority of the ova.  #1 oviposited only about 14 to 15 per day.  #1 female oviposited 34 eggs in a mat on the upperside of Cynoglossum officinale leaf 3:30 P.M. 18 July 2012 and continued laying ~40 per day for a total of ~ 200.  Two females were laying- Ova hatched in 7 days at 77 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hibernation:  Overwinters as

Host Plant
Oviposited on Cynoglossum officinale - Hound's Tongue
Reared on  Mertensis - Blue Bells

Other Plants reported as  a larval host
Myosotis,  Hackelia

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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