The Many-spotted Tiger Moth looks more like a snow leopard with its bold black spots on a stark white body.
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. Its clean white wings and a head are completely covered in black round spots. Its body is quite furry. Tiger moths have excellent hearing. Many are also toxic, making them less likely to be eaten by birds, bats, and arachnids.
The Many-spotted Tiger Moth 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.
Scientific Name: Hypercompe permaculata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 42mm to 55mm (1.64in to 2.15in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.