This was a surprising find, glimmering under a shaded rock ledge, in the rubble beneath a badlands cliff in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta.
Hardly inconspicuous, this is the Many-spotted Tiger Moth (Hypercompe permaculata), a moth of the short grass prairie. Here is a short on-location video of the photographic process:
Host plants include: Stellaria media L.– common chickweed; Polygonum, knotweed; Taraxicum, dandelion and Plantago, plantain¹.
Thanks to Ian Maton and Gary Anweiler for the ID.
- See the Alberta records at the Entomology Collection E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta.