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    Harnessed Tiger Moth - (Apantesis phalerata)

    The Harnessed Tiger Moth could be mistaken for a butterfly with its stripes, contrasting colors and splashes of orange underneath.

    Staff Writer (9/14/2017): The Harnessed Tiger Moth is one of a group of very similar looking Tiger Moths. This family is known for its showy colors. For the Harnessed Tiger Moth, the biggest color statement comes from its hingwings where a flourish of orange-pink can only be seen with wings spread. The abdomen is black with reddish sides. This moth can been seen flying from early spring to late autumn in the southern states. The colder northern climate reduces that by two months.

    Caterpillars are completely covered in hairs that look like bristles of a brush. Its body is a grayish black and the hairs are yellowish. A thin yellow or orange-colored stripe extends from head to rear. They eat the leaves of clover, plantains, corn and dandelion.

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    Harnessed Tiger Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Harnessed Tiger Moth
    Scientific Name: Apantesis phalerata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Erebidae
           Genus: Apantesis
            Species: phalerata

    Size (Adult, Length): 30mm to 42mm (1.18in to 1.65in)

    Identifying Colors: black, ivory, pink, orange

    Additional Descriptors: flying, flash, lines, stripes, x

    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; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; British Columbia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; 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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