Clymene Haploa Moth (Haploa clymene)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Clymene Haploa Moth.
Updated: 2/15/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.