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Species Apantesis arge - Arge Moth - Hodges#8199

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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 Arctiina
Genus Apantesis
Species arge (Arge Moth - Hodges#8199)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Arge Tiger Moth
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)
Wingspan 38-50 mm
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.
Life Cycle
Two generations per year in the south; one or two in the north.
See Also
Doris Tiger Moth (Grammia doris) 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 and here.
Internet References
pinned adult images of male and female, plus live larva image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .