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Clymene Haploa Moth (Haploa clymene)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Clymene Haploa Moth, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 2/15/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Clymene Haploa Moth  
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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.

Picture of the Clymene Haploa Moth
Picture of the Clymene Haploa Moth

Clymene Haploa Moth Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 40 mm to 55 mm (1.56 inches to 2.145 inches)
Identifying Colors: white; brown; black; yellow
Additional Descriptors: triangle, chocolate, flying, furry, hairy

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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