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  • Banded Tiger Moth - (Apantesis vittata)

    Banded Tiger Moth - (Apantesis vittata)

    The flash of bright color on the hindwings of the Banded Tiger Moth adds more intrigue to this uniquely patterned moth.

    Staff Writer (8/18/2017): Though each species of Tiger Moth has its own pattern, it can be hard to see the differences between the banding patterns of species in the same genus. This species is a dark-brown, medium-sized moth with ivory bands do not stretch the full length of the wing. The bottom of the forewings have an ivory edge border. This species rests with its forewings covering the hindwings. When the hindwings are visible, they are bright pink to yellow, giving the moth a pop of color.

    Adults can be seen flying near flowers and above lawns as well as through meadows, parks and fields from spring into autumn. The caterpillars eat dandelions and a variety of other herbs before pupating into their flying adult forms.

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    Banded Tiger Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Banded Tiger Moth
    Scientific Name: Apantesis vittata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Arctiidae
           Genus: Apantesis
            Species: vittata

    Size (Adult, Length): 32mm to 42mm (1.26in to 1.65in)

    Identifying Colors: black, ivory, pink, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: banded, striped, lined, red, furry, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Virginia; West Virginia

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

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