Texas Wasp Moth (Horama panthalon)

…a species of Tiger Moth (Actiini) that is native to the Americas, ranging from Arizona to Florida in North America south to South America. Like other tiger moths H. panthalon flies during the day and usually feeds on the nectar of Eupatorium spp. The bright coloration of Horama panthalon is actually a form of Batesian mimicry where H. panthalon mimics wasps of the genus Polistes for protection from predators.


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Image: Clinton & Charles Robertson

Painted Tiger Moth (Arachnis picta)

…a species of Arctiid moth (Arctiinae) that is known to occur in parts of the South-Western United States and bordering parts of Mexico. Adults Arachnis picta are typically seen on the wing during summer, and can reach a wingspan of about 50 mm. A. picta larvae are known to associate with and feed on various herbaceous plants, such as Lupinus spp., wild radish, and Acanthus spp.


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Image: Calibas


Arid Eudesmia (Eudesmia arida)

Also known as the bold or desert lichen moth, Eudesmia arida is a species of lichen moth (Lithosiini) that is native to the southern United States and Mexico. Adult E. arida typically fly from June to October. True to their name E. arida larvae feed mainly on lichens that grow on rocks, walls, or cliffs.


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Images: Patrick Coin and Trevor Persons

Spilosoma ericsoni

…a beautifully marked species of Tiger Moth (Arctiini) that is known to occur on the island of Borneo. Spilosoma ericsoni is sexually dimorphic with males having red forewings and immaculate hindwings. The forewings of the females are less red and have large black spots in the first two spaces from the dorsum, their hindwings also have a yellow fringe. 


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Image: Alexey


Gnamptonychia ventralis

…is a species of Lichen Moth (Lithosiini) that is native to the southwestern Untied States, ranging from Arizona to western Texas. G. ventralis is noted in being the only member of its genus that occurs north of Mexico. Adult G. ventralis are active from June through August and are diurnal, often being seen feeding on various plant species.


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Images: ©margarethe brummermann and ©Ivan Rodriguez


Confused Haploa Moth (Haploa confusa)

…a species of tiger moth (Arctiinae) that is native to North America, ranging from Manitoba to Maine south to Pennsylvania and the “Great Lake States”. Adult Haploa confusa typically fly during the spring and are usually seen on a wide variety of different plants. H. confusa larvae, however, typically feed on Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum officinale)


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Images: Seabrooke Leckie and khteWisconsin


Boisduval’s Autumn Moth (Oenosandra boisuvalii)

…a species of Oenosandrid moth which is the sole member of the monotypic genus Oenosandra. Boisduval’s autumn moths are endemic to the southern half of Australia, including Tasmania. Boisduval’s autumn moth caterpillars are commonly associated with and feed on Eucalyptus spp. 


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Image(s): Donald Hobern