It may be fitting that the Clymene Haploa Moth looks like a Star Trek badge because it boldly goes everywhere, all day and night.
Triangular in shape, Clymene Haploa Moths are mostly white. A black edge borders the sides and bottom of each wing. When the wings are together and flat, a prominent black pattern that is shaped like an upside down 'Y' sits in the center of the back. A small yellow head has black eyes and antennae. Hints of yellow may be found on the wings at the corners and in the middle. If it opens its wings, bright yellow hind wings become visible.
Unlike the nocturnal habits of most moths, the Clymene Haploa Moth does not shy away from sunshine. It is equally active during daytime and, at night, it is attracted to lights. It also prefers moist areas like wetlands, and visits flowers using its long proboscis to drink nectar. Its caterpillars is black and covered in spiky hairs. Thin yellow stripes stretch along both sides of its body. Caterpillars feed on willows, Joe Pye weed (a tall, native prairie plant), and flowers in the Aster family.
Scientific Name: Haploa clymene
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 40mm to 55mm (1.56in to 2.15in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.