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Species Apantesis vittata - Banded Tiger Moth - Hodges#8170

Arctiid - Apantesis vittata Harnessed Tiger Moth - Hodges #8169 - Apantesis vittata - male Harnessed Tiger Moth - Hodges #8169 - Apantesis vittata - male Apantesis vittata - female Tiger Moth - Apantesis vittata Banded Tiger Moth - Hodges #8170 - Apantesis vittata Banded Tiger Moth - Hodges #8170 - Apantesis vittata Apantesis vittata
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Arctiina
Genus Apantesis
Species vittata (Banded Tiger Moth - Hodges#8170)
Hodges Number
8170
Size
Wingspan 32-42 mm (1)
Identification
Adult: forewing similar to A. phalerata; hindwing usually has more reddish shading and broader, more solid black border; no form has entirely yellow hindwing
Range
Maryland to Florida, west to Kentucky and Louisiana; has not been recorded in Canada
Habitat
Near fields, lawns.
Season
Adults fly from March to October.
Food
Larvae feed on dandelions and other herbs.
See Also
Harnessed Tiger Moth (A. phalerata) forewing is virtually identical to A. vittata but hindwing is usually more yellowish than reddish, with little or no black edging.
Print References
Covell, p. 69, plate 15 #5, 7 (1)
Internet References
26 pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
adult images plus flight season and foodplants (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image (U. of Nebraska at Lincoln)
US distribution map (butterfliesandmoths.org)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.