Elegant Sheep Moth, a summertime beauty here on the Mendonoma Coast.

Mary Hunter thought she had found a colorful wildflower in the grasses on a recent hike with friends. It turned out to be a moth that is only seen in the summer months - an Elegant Sheep Moth, Hemileuca eglanterina.

Elegant Sheep Moth by Mary Hunter

This beautiful moth is a native of California and feeds on Ceanothus, Coffeeberry and the Rose family.

Thanks to Mary for allowing me to share her photo with you here.

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