Elegant Sheep Moth (Hemileuca eglanterina)
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People who consider moths to be dull may have never seen the Elegant Sheep Moth (Hemileuca eglanterina), sometimes called the Western Sheep Moth.
The striking mix of pink, orange and black wing and body shades brings to mind other colorful moths in their family, Saturniidae, which also consists of the giant silkworm moths.
They get their name from their habitat, Western grasslands suitable for rearing sheep.
Hemileuca caterpillars are known as stinging caterpillars, making them a look but do not touch group of caterpillars.
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