Recently I became aware of a little-known moth that might be fairly common. Most of us know of the eight-spotted forester because it is a day-flying moth that resembles a butterfly. There also is a six-spotted forester moth. I encountered a caterpillar of this moth that was feeding on fireweed blossoms. In my attempts to identify the caterpillar, I landed on the eight-spotted forester, because the caterpillars look so similar. Fireweed is not listed as a food item for the eight-spotter, however. So, I decided to check with Jim Sogaard. After seeing several of my photos of several different individuals, he determined the caterpillar to be of the six-spotted forester, which is known to feed on fireweed. The six-spotted is not illustrated, nor mentioned, in several of the common guidebooks. Also, since fireweed is such a common plant in the Arrowhead, I wonder if we are mostly seeing the six-spotted forester. By the way, the eight-spotted forester is Alypia octomaculata, the six-spotted is A. longtoni (also known as Langston's forrester). Something to watch for!