If you are someone who still believes that butterflies are always more beautiful than moths, then you’ve met your match. The Western Sheep Moth (also called the Elegant Sheep Moth) is widely distributed in western North America (from the Rocky Mountains west to the Pacific, and from Southern California to southern Canada). These day-flying moths are most frequently found in meadows with the larvae feeding on trees and shrubs that include rose, hawthorn, cherry, willow, aspen, and birch. 

This beauty was recorded during the count as well. A big thanks to all of the volunteers, including Kathleen and her son Aidan, for making the event a success! 

Size: Wingspan 56 – 85 mm

Photos by: Kathleen Ort on 7/13/22 near Missoula, MT