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  • Giant Leopard Moth - (Hypercompe scribonia)

    Giant Leopard Moth - (Hypercompe scribonia)

    The black and white wings of the Giant Leopard Moth hide a body that also sports a punch of bright red.

    Staff Writer (10/4/2017): This white tiger moth has distinct black rings as well as black spots along its wings. They can grow to enormous sizes compared to other moths, fitting comfortably in the palm of an adult's hand. Their bodies are black and reddish-orange.

    As a defense against predators, they release a foul-tasting, yellow fluid when they are disturbed. Like most moths, they are nocturnal and are attracted to lights at night. Their typical habitats are usually woodland edges, fields or meadows.

    The caterpillar of the Giant Leopard Moth is black and covered in spiky hairs. This hairy type of caterpillar is called a 'woollybear'. It has red rings around it that are most visible when it coils up. It eats the leaves off shrubs, trees and other woody-stemmed plants.

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    Giant Leopard Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Giant Leopard Moth
    Scientific Name: Hypercompe scribonia

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Arctiidae
           Genus: Hypercompe
            Species: scribonia

    Size (Adult, Length): 57mm to 91mm (2.24in to 3.58in)

    Identifying Colors: black; white; orange; red

    Additional Descriptors: flying, spotted

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; Quebec

    * 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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