Police Car Moth



Thanks to the help of 1nmbirder for assistance in correctly identifying this moth. WordPress readers are the best. Always ready to help in identifying and teaching about all the things we run across outside.

At first I thought it was a Ranchman’s Tiger Moth but it does appear to be a Police Car Moth. We came across these guys while they were feeding on wild aster and sunflowers high up on the trail in Central Colorado.

24 thoughts on “Police Car Moth

  1. I saw this moth for the first time this summer. I too had a hard time identifying it. It is considered part of the Tiger moth genus but it’s known as Police Car Moth. Fun name huh?! 🙂 It is one of the few moths that feed during the day. Great photos!

    1. Thanks so much and it is a fun name. It is a really cool moth and it was indeed feeding during the day. I did spend quite some time on professor google last night trying to find out who this guys was. Time to edit the post to reflect the correct information.

      1. You are welcome Mike. Presently I use a softbox flash diffuser which I slip over the camera’s flash unit. Before this I used to reduce the amount of flash used via the camera settings, but you can still get those blown white spots with that. Ideally I try and use natural light, but it is not always possible. Have a great weekend coming up, Pete.

    1. Hi and thanks for the feedback and links to your site. Identification of butterflies and moths is a weak link in my naturalist skill set right now so it has been fun trying to put names to faces as we have seen quite a few the last month or so. You site is quite extensive and a work well done for a work in progress. Now I know about it and have it marked I can browse at leisure. Thanks for supplying the links. Hope it progresses well and the journey is well work it. Cheers and have a great weekend.

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