New York Natural Heritage Program
A Prominent Moth
Heterocampa varia Walker, 1855
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
This species is a relatively robust moth. It is difficult to identify and needs to be confirmed by an expert in moth identification. Forbes (1948) describes the species as follows: males and larvae resemble the common H. obliqua, which is normally also present, but larvae and females can be identified by color and markings. This moth has a blue-gray color, with the thorax and base of the costal margin a contrasting pale gray. The hind wing is pure white.
A Prominent Moth Images
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The Best Time to See
The adults are active from mid-June to mid-August in the dwarf pine barrens of Long Island. The pupae of this species can exist for many years buried in the ground.
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Present Reproducing
The time of year you would expect to find A Prominent Moth present (blue shading) and reproducing (orange shading) in New York.