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  • Many-Spotted Tiger Moth - (Hypercompe permaculata)

    Many-Spotted Tiger Moth - (Hypercompe permaculata)

    The Many-Spotted Tiger Moth looks more like a snow leopard with its bold black spots on a stark white body.

    Picture of Many-Spotted Tiger Moth
    Staff Writer (9/23/2014): This species of moth is in the Tiger Moth family. Most members of this family have vivid coloring or bold patterns on their forewings and/or hindwings. The Many-Spotted Tiger Moth fits that family well. Their bodies are also quite furry. Tiger moths have excellent hearing. Many are also toxic, making them less likely to be eaten by birds, bats and arachnids.

    This species can be found in meadows, open fields, edges of woodlands, prairies, parks and backyards. They are active from midsummer to mid-autumn. Like other Tiger Moths, adults likely do not feed. Little is known about their larval diet.

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    Many-Spotted Tiger Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Many-Spotted Tiger Moth
    Scientific Name: Hypercompe permaculata

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 42mm to 55mm (1.65in to 2.17in)

    Identifying Colors: white, black

    Additional Descriptors: polka dots, spotted, flying, furry, hairy, rolled, fuzzy

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Montana; Nevada; New Mexico; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; 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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