The name of this elegant moth reflects its frequency in coastal salt marshes (tidal marshes) along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf Coasts. But really, they can be found in any open habitat throughout North America, except for Alaska and the Yukon. Photos of the caterpillars are frequently sent in for identification. They can vary widely in color; from blond to brown to black. Part of the tiger moth family and related to the more familiar woolly bear, the caterpillars feed on a wide variety of plants, and are often seen rapidly wandering around on the ground in search of new food sources. 

Size: Wingspan 45-68 mm

Photo by: Domini Aalbers on 4/30/22 in Florence, MT