Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Phalaena libatrix Linnaeus 1758
Explanation of Names
Species name from Latin libat
meaning to pour (1)
, so this is "one who pours"?
The name Herald "might be derived from Linnaeus' original name of libatrix
– the moths' vestiture may have suggested to him a stately robe, suitable for ceremonial duty." according to A. Maitland Emmet in The Scientific Names of the British Lepidoptera – Their History and Meaning
as reported by Robert Homan to Juliet Bailey in Great Britain (Gloucestershire Naturalists Society
Distinctive. Scalloped outer margins of forewing and hindwing. Forewing is gray with wavy lines, has central bright orange patches with metallic flecks.
; apparently more common in northern North America than in southern parts.
mostly: May-Sept (Adults overwinter (2)
Larvae feed on leaves of poplar and willow. Adults are attracted to moth bait.
Adults overwinter in sheltered areas such as basements, cellars, caves, barns, etc. (2)
Life cycle images:
larva on willow; adult
Borror, entry for libat (1)
Covell, p. 162, plate 39#12 (3)
Wagner, Caterpillars of Eastern North America
, p. 371--photo of caterpillar (4)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press. plate 43, fig. 23; p. 256.(5)