Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Clymene Haploa Moth - (Haploa clymene)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/30/2013

The Clymene Haploa Moth looks like a Star Trek communicator badge as it boldly goes everywhere both day and night.

Unlike most moths, the Clymene Haploa Moth does not shy away from sunshine. It is equally active both day and night. They also prefer moist areas and can be found near water sources. At night, it is attracted to lights.

The Clymene Haploa Moth is often found near moist areas like wetlands and visit flowers to drink the nectar using its long proboscis. Once settled on a flower, if it opens its wings, the bright yellow hind wings become visible.

Its caterpillar larvae are black with thin yellow stripes along both sides of its body. It is very spiky. It feeds on willow, Joe Pye weed (a tall, native prairie plant) and flowers in the Aster family.

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Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common name: Clymene Haploa Moth
Scientific Name: Haploa clymene

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
     Order: Lepidoptera
      Family: Arctiidae
       Genus: Haploa
        Species: clymene

Adult Size (Length): 40mm to 55mm (1.57in to 2.17in)

Identifying Colors: white; brown; black; yellow

Additional Descriptors: triangle, chocolate, flying, furry, hairy

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.