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Species Apantesis carlotta - Carlotta's Tiger Moth - Hodges#8171.1

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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 carlotta (Carlotta's Tiger Moth - Hodges#8171.1)
Hodges Number
3cm Wingspan
Rfw 16.3 mm, dfw costal margin black from base to end of discal cell, hws of male pale orange yellow, hw of female pale orange yellow or pink, always with broken black border. Ptagiae in males are unmarked yellowish, in females ptagiae are black, edged with yellow.(1)
Maine to Georgia, west to North Dakota and Texas.(1)
Larvae reared in captivity on Lactuca-- wild lettuce.(1)
Until relatively recently, this species was confused with A. nais and A. phalerata. Covell (1984) accurately depicts A. nais, A. phalerata, and the southeastern A. vittata. These names are missassigned in the keys of Forbes (1964), and even these three 'better known' species were still confused at the time of Holland (1904).(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.