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  • Great Tiger Moth - (Arctia caja)

    Great Tiger Moth - (Arctia caja)

    The Great Tiger Moth is large, boldly patterned and more closely resembles a giraffe than its namesake.

    Staff Writer (8/7/2014): One would never expect a moth with the name Tiger to have coloration more in line with a giraffe. The Great Tiger Moth is a member of the Tiger moth family, which boasts brightly patterned and colorful members. Because of its large size, it is Great. The Great Tiger Moth is cold hardy and is widespread in Canada and bordering U.S. states, seldom venturing south of the Great Lakes region or New England.

    Their larvae (caterpillars) are quite dull by comparison to the adult form. Their underbellies are a rich chestnut brown with spiky hairs, while their dorsal side ("back") is a charcoal gray-black, covered with long, thin bristles or hairs. They feed on a wide variety of plant leaves from weeds, shrubs and trees. After a summer of feeding, they will hibernate over winter.

    Both adults and larvae can be found in arboreal forests. Adult moths are attracted to lights at night, so they may also be seen in backyards, parking lots and other areas with artificial lighting.

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    Great Tiger Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Great Tiger Moth
    Scientific Name: Arctia caja

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Arctiidae
           Genus: Arctia
            Species: caja

    Size (Adult, Length): 50mm to 70mm (1.97in to 2.76in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, white, orange, blue, black

    Additional Descriptors: flying, leopard, giraffe, colorful, furry, hairy, large

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; New Hampshire; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Wisconsin; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * 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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