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Genus Hypercompe

Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar - Hypercompe scribonia Stupid Caterpillar Tricks - Hypercompe scribonia Unknown caterpillar? - Hypercompe scribonia Unidentified Moth Larva - Hypercompe permaculata Giant Leopard Moth - Hodges#8146 (Hypercompe scribonia) - Hypercompe scribonia Giant Leopard Moth, cocoon leaf wrap, other side - Hypercompe scribonia - female Black Wooly Bear with orange dots - Hypercompe scribonia Giant Leopard Moth - Hypercompe scribonia - male - female
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Classification
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 Spilosomina
Genus Hypercompe
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypercompe Hübner, 1819
Ecpantheria - treated as a junior synonym of Hypercompe by Watson (1977) and Watson and Goodger (1986)
Numbers
7 species in North America (1)
more than 80 species in Central and South America (Markku Savela, FUNET)
Identification
Adult: thorax and wings white with solid or hollow black spots; body thick and stout; abdomen variously coloured black or blue with orange or yellow markings

Larva: body thick, stout, covered with long black hairs; body surface orange or reddish but usually obscured by hair; curls into a ball when disturbed
Range
southern Canada to southern South America
Food
larvae feed on leaves of a great variety of broad-leaved plants
Print References
Watson, Allan. 1977. A review of the suffusa species-group of Hypercompe Hübner, with a description of a new species affecting Gossypium hirsutum L. (Cotton). Revista de la Facultad de Agronomia 9(2): 137-147.
Watson and Goodger. 1986. Catalogue of the Neotropical Tigermoths. Occasional papers on systematic entomology. 1: 1-71.
Internet References
pinned adult images of male and female H. scribonia, plus live larva images (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
list of world species plus synonyms and references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
copy of Watson's 1977 publication cited in Print References section above (Revista de la Facultad de Agronomia, Venezuela)
classification - Ecpantheria treated as a junior synonym of Hypercompe (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)