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Species Composia fidelissima - Faithful Beauty - Hodges#8038

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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 Pericopina
Genus Composia
Species fidelissima (Faithful Beauty - Hodges#8038)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Uncle Sam Moth (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Composia fidelissima Herrich-Schäffer, 1866
Explanation of Names
"fidel" (L). 'Faithful'
There are three species of Composia, but only C. fidelissima occurs in the U.S.
Wingspan 4.8-6.4 cm
Distinctive day-flying moth found in South Florida.
South Florida, West Indies - Map - MPG
Tropical hardwood thickets (hammocks)
year round in FL
Adults take nectar, larval hosts:
Devil's Potato - Echites umbellata - Apocynaceae
Oleander - Nerium oleander - Apocynaceae
Leafless Swallowwart - Cynanchum scoparium - Apocynaceae
Bay Bean (Canavalia rosea)
Baybean - Canavalia rosea - Fabaceae
Life Cycle
1)eggs 2)eggs and newly hatched larvae 3)larva 4)pupa 5)adult
Print References
Covell, p. 59, plate 11 #7 (2)
Holland, W.J. 1903. The Moth Book. Doubleday, Page & Co., New York. 479 pp.
Kimball, C.P. 1965. The Lepidoptera of Florida; an annotated checklist. Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas, Vol. 1. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry. v + 363 pp.
Wagner, D.L. 2005. Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. 496 pp., 1,200+ color photos.
Works Cited
1.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.