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Species Apantesis vittata - Banded Tiger Moth - Hodges#8170

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
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
Wingspan 32-42 mm (1)
Adult: forewing similar to A. phalerata; hindwing usually has more reddish shading and broader, more solid black border; no form has entirely yellow hindwing
Also extremely similar to the Nais Tiger Moth, which replaces this species to the North and west of the Appalachian Mountains. In areas where both species could occur, dissection is recommended to distinguish between them.
Maryland to Florida, west to Kentucky and Louisiana; has not been recorded in Canada
Near fields, lawns.
Adults fly from March to October.
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.
Nais Tiger Moth cannot be reliably separated from this species without dissection.
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 (
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.