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Species Zeuzera pyrina - Wood Leopard Moth - Hodges#2700

Leopard Moth - Zeuzera pyrina Many-spotted Tiger Moth..? - Zeuzera pyrina Zeuzera pyrina White head with black spots - Zeuzera pyrina Leopard Moth - Zeuzera pyrina Black spotted white moth - Zeuzera pyrina Wood Leopard Moth - Zeuzera pyrina Two moths - Zeuzera pyrina
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Cossoidea (Carpenter and Leopard Moths)
Family Cossidae (Carpenter and Leopard Moths)
Subfamily Zeuzerinae
Genus Zeuzera
Species pyrina (Wood Leopard Moth - Hodges#2700)
Hodges Number
2700
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Zeuzera pyrina (Linnaeus, 1761)
Phylogenetic sequence # 084175
Size
wingspan 50-60 mm (female); 35-40 mm (male)
Identification
Adult: white with black spots. Spots more numerous and smaller than those of Giant Leopard Moth, and none of the spots are hollow. Legs all black.
Caterpillar is smooth, orange with black spots. See Forestry Images for pictures.
Range
northeastern United States, mostly along Atlantic coast
Food
Larvae are wood-borers, feeding inside twigs (smaller larvae) and stems of various hardwood trees and shrubs. (1)
Life Cycle
Takes 2-3 years to complete its life cycle. Eggs may be laid from late spring through early September. (1)
Remarks
Unlike the Giant Leopard Moth, this one is not native to the US. Supposedly introduced (from its native Europe?) in mid-1800s; first reported in North America at Hoboken, New Jersey in 1882.
It is considered a pest of some fruit trees.
See Also
Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia) forewing has at least some hollow spots, and legs contain much white (not all black)
Internet References
pinned adult image by James Solomon, plus species account in North America (forestpests.org)
Moths of Maryland adult images and info
Works Cited
1.Garden Insects of North America : The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides)
Whitney Cranshaw. 2004. Princeton University Press.