here. As with many species, the scientific name offers details about the look of the species. In this case, tessalaris, from the Latin word "tessella," meaning a small stone square, refers to the checkered mosaic-like pattern on the wings.
Calledapteryx dryopterata. The name refers to the curious way this and one other related species folds its hindwings.
Heterophleps triguttaria. The name, as you could guess, refers to the three dark brown spots on each side of the wings. The caterpillars of this species feed on maple trees, and so you can find the adults in forests that contain maple leaves.
Pyromorpha dimidiata. This species is actually a day-flier, unlike most moths which fly at night. Now, there's another very, very similar moth that one could find here, the Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth. I differentiated these two species based on when I found them. This individual was found in late May. The Orange-Patched Smoky Moth flies in early Summer and the Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth flies in late Summer and Fall, and since I found this individual in late May it seems that it is the Orange-Patched Smoky Moth. The bright coloration is actually mimicking Lycid beetles, which have a chemical defense. A predator will see this moth, think it is dangerous, and skip it in lieu of a more safe meal.