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Species Haploa colona - Colona Moth - Hodges#8108

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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 Callimorphina
Genus Haploa
Species colona (Colona Moth - Hodges#8108)
Hodges Number
8108
Size
40-58mm Wingspan (1) (2)
Identification
Fore wings white with variable number of brown markings. Hind wings and abdomen sulfur yellow. Thorax pure white or with dark brown stripes. Caterpillar is dark brown to black and has large bluish tubercles; it is marked by broken lengthwise stripes and covered with very short black hair.(1)
Range
Coastal plain: southeastern Virginia south to Florida, west to Texas (2)
Habitat
Rich, moist southern woodlands.(1)
Season
April-July (2)
Food
Larvae feed on a variety of plants, especially deciduous shrubs and trees: apple, ash, hackberry,
Remarks
This moth is the largest North American member of the genus.(1)
See Also
Haploa reversa--hindwing is white, not yellow
Print References
Covell, p. 63, plate 15 #19 (2)
Milne, p.789, plate 553 (1)
Works Cited
1.National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders
Lorus and Margery Milne. 1980. Knopf.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.