Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Thyris sepulchralis Guérin-Méneville
Pseudothyris sepulchralis (Guérin-Méneville, 1832) Thiele, 1986
Thyris lugubris Boisduval, 1852
Thyris margaritana (Clemens, 1862)
Adult: wings black with large median and other smaller white spots; those at margin give wings a ragged look. Hindwing has white median patch. (1)
Maine to Florida, west to Texas, north to Michigan and Ontario. (2)
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Adults appear to be most common from February to July. (1)
, Moth Photographers Group
Larvae feed on grape (Vitis
spp), and Clematis (Illinois Wildflowers
Adults take nectar from flowers of herbaceous plants, and have been seen taking fluids from damp sand (guide photos and photos in Internet references).
Conspicuous when seen flying in daytime because of bold pattern. (1)
Sometimes mistaken for Butterflies.
) is smaller, and its forewing has orange shading and fewer white spots.
Covell, p. 393, plate 56 #13 (7) (1)
Thiele, J.H.R., 1986. Die Gattung Thyris Hoffmannsegg, 1803. Uber die Ergebnisse der Untersuchungen fur eine Monographie (Lep., Thyridae). Atalanta (Munchen), 17: 105-146
and pinned and live adult images
by James Adams and Randy Emmitt respectively (Dalton State College, Georgia)
live adult image
and date (Dale Clark, Texas)
presence in Ontario; list
(NHIC; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)