Fall Cankerworm Moth  (three photos)
Alsophila pometaria

fall lcankerworm moth
This was a different moth from the one below. © Carol Davis 11-5-2009

fall cankerworm moth

Alsophila pometaria
I found this one early in the morning and it was much more speckled than the first moth.  Both
are Fall Cankerworm Moths. This moth destroys deciduous trees.  The female never gets wings
and, according to Bugguide.net, is capable of reproducing without mating. 
The Pennsylvania
Dept.  of Agriculture has a good article here
(Differences in color in the photos result from
the use of a flash. The moth is more brown than gray.)   © Carol Davis 11-5-2009

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