Addie was greeted by this massive moth on her way out the door to work this past Monday …a perfect way to start a work week, if you ask us. This silkmoth can be found from British Columbia east to western Montana, south through Washington, western Oregon, and California to Baja California Sur. There is only one brood a year with adults generally emerging from mid May to mid June in western Montana. Adults emerge without functional mouthparts …meaning that they do not feed. Their only purpose is to mate and pass their genes onto the next generation. It strongly resembles the Glover’s Silkmoth (also found in Montana), which has a grayish border to the wings as opposed to the Ceanothus Silkmoth’s reddish / pink border.
Photo by Addie Bryan on 6/1/20 in Missoula, MT