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Leopard moth - Zeuzera pyrina

Leopard moth - Zeuzera pyrina
Hollis, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
June 24, 2005
Came to UV light in marshy stream locale.

female, Leopard moth, Zeuzera pyrina
Female found mid-morning of November 7, 2009, Haddonfield, NJ, on sidewalk after night of our first heavy frost; has white antennae, same spotted under wings, no white lines on legs, abdomen less hairy but same black segments separated by white. She laid eggs in dish of slightly damp flowerpot soil, probably not the best substitute, in clumps and singly as she roamed, sometimes with wings strongly beating. I have not found another picture of this moth; David L. Wagner's description of the Giant Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, states that it overwinters in New England as nearly full-grown caterpillars. Is this leopard moth similar enough in life cycle to the giant leopard moth that this is a female that was not found by a suitor and that the eggs are therefore sterile?, or can these eggs overwinter and hatch if I can keep them moist enough?

I found one of these in the g
I found one of these in the garden centre where i work the other day, i was completely fascinated by it, i'd never seen anything like it, so i had to investigate what it was, such a beautiful moth, i live in folkestone, in the south east of the uk is it usual for them to be around here?

Leopard Moth distribution
Go to the national biodiversity network site; click on NBN Gateway; type Zeuzera pyrina into the search box.
It will provide you with 4 links, example below.
These links will show you the distribution (UK) for the species you searched for, and allow you to explore the data:
1. Grid map of the distribution of Zeuzera pyrina.
2. Distribution of Zeuzera pyrina on protected sites.
3. Interactive distribution map of Zeuzera pyrina.
4. Taxonomic information for Zeuzera pyrina

I recently spotted a leopard moth (Zeuzera pyrina)in North Yorkshire. Enquiries to my local moth recorder provided the information that this species is moving northwards, expanding it's distribution, and has recently colonised North Yorkshire

B & W moth
This is Zeuzera pyrina, the Leopard moth, in the family Cossidae. Not to be confused with the great leopard moth which is an Artiidae.

Leopard Moths
How widespread are these moths.
I caught one in my kitchen last night. It's the first time i've ever
saw one of these.

I live in Exeter , Devon, UK.

It was released outside last night after I caught it.


Nice to have the names.

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