Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth (Cosmosoma myrodora)

….a species of tiger moth (Arctiini) that is native to the southeastern United States, from South Carolina to Texas. C. myrodora typically inhabit coastal plains and adults are seen flying from March to December. C. myrodora larvae feed mainly on Climbing Hempweed Mikania scandens, a twisting vine in the daisy family. The adults coloration is aposematic and adults will extract toxic chemicals from dogfennel eupatorium Eupatorim capillifolium.


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Images: Pamala Wilson and Olivia & Steve


Polka-Dot Wasp Moth (Syntomeida epialsis)

Sometimes known as the “Oelander Moth” Syntomeida epialsis is a species of arctiid moth that occurs in Florida, the southern United States and Parts of the Caribbean. Like other arctiid moths S. epialsis is day-flying and its larvae will feed on, and are considered a pest of Oelander (Nerium oelander).


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Images: Terry and Kenneth Cole Schneider

Phyllira Tiger Moth (Grammia phyllira) ~“I wish to live a life that causes my soul to dance inside my body”~ Dele Olanubi~ #PhylliraTigerMoth #tiger #moth #grammia #Lepidoptera #neoptera #noctuoidea #mothernature #naturegram #naturewalk #naturelovers #insectsrule #arthropod #dance #DeleOlanubi

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


Pearly Wood-Nymph (Eudryas unio)

…a species of owlet moth (Noctuidae) that is native to eastern and central North America. Pearly wood-nymphs typically inhabit marshy areas, usually where cattails (Typha sp.) and Epilobium sp. grow. Adults will fly from June to August and likely do not feed. However, their larvae will feed on evening-primrose, grape and other ‘herbs’.


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Image(s): Luckybon

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


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


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


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


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