Fun Find: The Eight-Spotted Forester

July 3, 2017 | Cool Bugs!

Over the weekend as we were enjoying time outside, this little guy repeatedly landed on us and seemed to want to make itself known. This pretty moth is called an eight-spotted forester (Alypia octomaculata) and is found scattered throughout North America. The moth gets its name from the eight white spots or patches on its wings. The caterpillar can be a pest as it feeds on grapes and Virginia creeper. The moth was not bothering us and was happy to rest on our shoulders or legs…a fun nature find!