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Haploa contigua - Haploa lecontei

Haploa contigua - Haploa lecontei
4810 S. Harlem Ave., Forest View, N 41° 53.430’ W087° 48.246’, Cook County, Illinois, USA
June 10, 2007
Size: 37~40mm
Tiger Moth?

Found hiding on bottom side of ground plant leafs. Momentarily landed on topside of leaf when photo was taken. Head region was a light yellow.

Moved from The Neighbor Moth.

form of lecontei, in my opini
form of lecontei, in my opinion

The Neighbor
You're correct, this is a species of tiger moth (Arctiidae).

More specifically, this is one of the variations of the species, Haploa contigua, The Neighbor, # 8110. This will be a nice addition to the Guide, as there are few photos of this variation. Here is a photo of a similar variation.


J.D., this actually looks like
a variant of lecontei to us. The unfinished black line if extended looks like it would go from past the middle of the back of the forewing to the outer edge of the wing - lecontei. In the contigua variation you linked to, if the black line were extended it would go from the outside corner of the back of the wing to somewhere past the middle on the front of the wing! - contigua. What do you think?

Well, actually, after I had ID'd this one, I felt I needed to confirm it. So I got in touch with the entomology department over at UGA back in June, and they confirmed the contigua ID. Of course they made sure to mention that ID's from photos can be tricky and that the Haploa genus is an especially sticky one to sort out via photos. But if you think we need further confirmation, I can see if Don Lafontaine will take a look at it. I've consulted him and had his assistance on several head-scratchers.

...and my first contribution to the guide!!

A great first post. Keep on clicking. (Marvin)

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