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Species Spilosoma vagans - Wandering Tiger - Hodges#8138

Black antennae - Spilosoma vagans - male Spilosoma vagans - Hodges #8138 - Spilosoma vagans - male Wandering tiger moth - Spilosoma vagans - female Spilosoma vagans - male Erebidae: Spilosoma vagans - Spilosoma vagans - male Spilosoma vagans - male red-orange moth - Spilosoma vagans - female Wandering Tiger Moth - Spilosoma vagans
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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 Spilosomina
Genus Spilosoma
Species vagans (Wandering Tiger - Hodges#8138)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spilosoma vagans – (Boisduval, 1852)
Diacrisia vagans - Hampson, 1901
Arctia vagans - Boisduval, 1852
one of eight species in the genus for North America north of Mexico(1)
forewing length 1.3-1.6 cm(2)
forewing and hindwings are extremely variable
southern British Columbia south to Colorado and most of California
adults fly from late May to early July(2)
larvae feed on perennial lupine leaves during the night(2)
males are often attracted to lights; females are dinural and seldom seen at lights(2)
Print References
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.) 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. (3)
Powell, J. A., and P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 47.25, 47.26; p. 270.(2)
Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010) Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 18.(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photograph pinned adult and related species for comparison.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with photographs of pinned adults and DNA sequence
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.