White-dotted Prominent
Nadata gibbosa
May 21, 2003

What a face - like a teddy bear with a mohawk!  Or perhaps an aged wizard.

In Latin, "gibbos" or "gibbus" refers to a protuberence or hump.  "Osa" suggests "rich in" or "abounding in".  Since this rich hump is lacking in the caterpillar, I assume it to be a refererence to that thoractic tuft so prominently displayed on this adult moth.

The "White-dotted" part in its common name, though, requires no speculation.