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  • Delicate Cycnia - (Cycnia tenera)

    Delicate Cycnia - (Cycnia tenera)

    The Delicate Cycnia is also known as the Dogbane Tiger Moth, an ethereal gold and white moth with the uncommon ability to audibly communicate.

    Picture of Delicate Cycnia
    Staff Writer (8/10/2017): Delicate Cycnias are a bright white with yellow on their head and on the edges on their wings. The white and yellow furry abdomen has 7 black dots on the dorsal side (back). More black dots line the lower side of the abdomen and they pair up on the ventral side (belly). They are part of the Tiger Moth family, which sports some of the brightest and boldest moths in North America.

    Males can make a clicking sound to attract females and attempt to throw off predatory bats. Females lay small lavender eggs shaped like pellets under leaves. Caterpillars are covered in long, furry hairs. They are white, or gray, or tan. They eat the foliage of dogbane, milkweed and Indian hemp. Two generations a year can be produced.

    Look for a Delicate Cycnia in garden, parks and meadows that harbor host plants. They can also be seen in fields and on roadsides.

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    Delicate Cycnia

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Delicate Cycnia
    Scientific Name: Cycnia tenera
    Other Names: Dogbane Tiger Moth

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Erebidae
           Genus: Cycnia
            Species: tenera

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 40mm (0.98in to 1.57in)

    Identifying Colors: white, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: flying, buttery, click, spotted

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan

    * 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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