Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Grammia arge (Drury, 1773)
Phalaena arge Drury, 1773
Phylogenetic sequence #930240
Thirty-eight species in the genus for America north of Mexico.(1)
Adult: abdomen light pink or white with dorsal row of black spots; thorax white with three black stripes [one dorsal and two dorsolateral]; forewing mostly white with small black wedges representing lines; fringe white
hindwing white, or pale pink, or with pale pink highlights; several irregular black spots on disc and subterminal area [spots smaller and fewer in male]; terminal line yellowish or pinkish; fringe white.
Larva: body black with three whitish dorsal stripes, tinted with orangish or pink at each abdominal joint; dorsolateral tuft of multi-length black hairs on each segment
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Larvae feed on leaves of corn, dock, lambs-quarters or goosefoot (Chenopodium spp.), grape, plantain, prickly-pear cactus (Opuntia spp.), smartweed, sunflower.
Two generations per year in the south; one or two in the north.
Doris Tiger Moth
) is the most similar but usually has a dark pink abdomen, light pink hindwings, and creamy off-white forewings; also has a rounded black blotch at top of median area near costa of forewing [in G. arge
, that blotch is thinner and more oblique] (compare images
of both species)
See other images of G. doris here
pinned adult images
of male and female, plus live larva image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)