This richly colored and subtly patterned moth flies from late spring to summer in a variety of forested habitats: dry, open ponderosa pine forests to wetter Douglas fir or subalpine fir forests. It is most commonly spotted at middle elevations. For reference, Lolo sits at 3,199 ft. They are nocturnal and will come to lights. No information is known about the larvae’s life, but a good guess is that it is probably a soil-surface feeding cutworm that feeds on native bunchgrasses in the Poaceae family based upon the habitat. 

Photo by: Morgan McNeill on 6/6/21 in Lolo, MT