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Species Hypercompe permaculata - Many-spotted Tiger Moth - Hodges#8144

Many-spotted tiger moth - Hypercompe permaculata - female Many-spotted tiger moth - Hypercompe permaculata - female Unidentified Moth Larva - Hypercompe permaculata
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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 Hypercompe
Species permaculata (Many-spotted Tiger Moth - Hodges#8144)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Western Leopard Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypercompe permaculata (Packard, 1872)
Turuptiana permaculata (Packard, 1872)
Leucarctia permaculata Packard, 1872
Phylogenetic sequence # 930321 (1)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 6 species of the genus in America north of Mexico. (1)
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 16-19 mm. (2)
Adult: forewing white with many black solid rectangular spots arranged loosely in rows; hindwing white; thorax white with black spots (including a row down the middle); legs black with large white patches
western United States and southwestern Canada
short-grass prairies, meadows
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the main flight period is June to August. (2)
Life Cycle
Larva; pupa; newly emerged adult; fully emerged adult
See Also
Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia) doesn't occur in the west, and its forewing has at least some hollow spots
other species of Hypercompe are restricted to the far south in North America - see links to distribution maps for 4 species
Leopard Moth (Zeuzera pyrina) forewing has more numerous spots, and legs are all black
Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea) forewing has fewer and smaller spots, and thorax is not spotted (compare images of both species at CBIF)
Print References
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, p. 270; plate 47, fig. 27. (2)
Internet References
pinned adult images (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
pinned adult image and seasonal distribution chart plus other info (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)