Karen discovered two of these moths resting under the lid of her compost tumbler. One flew to a nearby tree and demonstrated how effective its camouflage is, practically disappearing on the trunk. These nocturnal moths are common and widely distributed in moist forests throughout much of North America. You may see them until late September, as this species has a long flight season. The larvae feed on both lichens and dead leaves, and may be a detritivore in ant nests as well, taking advantage of decaying organic matter from either plants or animals.

Size: 20-30 mm wingspan

Photo by: Karen Weaver on 6/18/22 in Missoula, MT