Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
* phylogenetic sequence # 930341
First described in 1776 by Brown
as Phalaena clymene
. (This is Peter Brown, known mostly as a bird and botanical artist, and the publication is New Illustrations of Zoology
, plate 38--see this site
Explanation of Names
is the name of several characters in Greek mythology, one a Titan
, and another a nymph
, wife of Helios the sun god. Perhaps the latter origin fits the moth best.
species are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
Bold cross pattern makes this moth easy to identify.
Some of the various forms:
Deciduous forests and adjacent fields, etc.
Larvae eat a wide variety of plants, including Eupatorium
and Ageratina altissima
(Asteraceae), oaks, willows.
Often disturbed in woodlands on hot summer days.
Adults are found during day in woodlands and also come to lights at night.
Covell, p. 63, plate 15 #15 (2)
Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010) Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. (1)
Moth Photographers Group
- range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems
- species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Nouvelles illustrations de zoologie
Brown's original description of the species (illustration on next page)