(Setauket, NY, USA) White moth with black outlined spots approx 4.5 cm in length. Found laying eggs on my porch. eggs green and sphereical
You have a Giant Leopard moth laying eggs on your porch. I am jealous!
This insect overwinters as a caterpillar, then emerges as this beautiful moth in the spring. The larva grows to a long ‘fuzzy’ black caterpillar that will curl up quickly when disturbed – at that time you see the red bands between the black hairs. These caterpillars become about 2″ long. They feed on many broadleaved plants including dandelion, cherry, maple, willow, cabbage. It mostly feeds on non economic plants so it is not a pest at all.
Enjoy watching all the stages as it develops! You could send us photos of each stage…would love to see a photo of the eggs!