Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Harrisina americana (Guérin)
Orig. Comb: Aglaope americana Guérin, 1829
Phylogenetic sequence # 139875
Winspan 18-28 mm, length 8-12 mm.
Adult: wings narrow, completely black, held spread out and away from body at rest; collar orange/red, complete (not broken, as in Clemen's False Skeletonizer
); tip of abdomen has prominent tufts of scales; antennae pectinate in both sexes, and plumose in male
Larva: head dark; body yellow with complete black band across each abdominal segment
Texas to Florida to New Hampshire to South Dakota, Ontario - Map
Found on flowers in fields, etc. Adults are diurnal and nocturnal, and come to light.
adults fly April-October in much of range; March-October in Florida
larvae present from April/May to November in Florida
Larvae feed on grape foliage, and can be pests; may also feed on Redbud, Virginia Creeper.
Adults take nectar.
two or possibly three generations per year in Florida
Yellow-collared Scape Moth
) have more triangular-shaped wings, and lack scale tufts on the abdomen.
Clemens' False Skeletonizer
) is much smaller, has incomplete orange/red collar, and lacks abdominal scale tufts.
Other black and orange-winged moths from other families, such as Arctiidae: Lycomorpha pholus
; Virginia Ctenucha
Covell p. 413, plate 57 (1)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press, pl. 21, fig. 12; p. 162. (2)
- F.W. Mead and S.E. Webb, 2001