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Species Haploa clymene - Clymene Moth - Hodges#8107

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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 Callimorphina
Genus Haploa
Species clymene (Clymene Moth - Hodges#8107)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Haploa clymene (Brown, 1776)
* 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
Clymene 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.
Six Haploa species are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
Wingspan 4.0-5.5 cm
Bold cross pattern makes this moth easy to identify.

Some of the various forms:
Eastern North America
Deciduous forests and adjacent fields, etc.
Larvae eat a wide variety of plants, including Eupatorium and Ageratina altissima (Asteraceae), oaks, willows.
Life Cycle
Larva, Adult:
Often disturbed in woodlands on hot summer days.
Adults are found during day in woodlands and also come to lights at night.
Print References
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)
Internet References
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)
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 .
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.