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    Painted Tiger Moth - (Arachnis picta)


    Picture of Painted Tiger Moth
    Staff Writer (1/24/2017): Painted Tiger Moths are part of a bold and attractive, and somewhat large, moth family. This species is no exception. The dense marbled pattern on its forewings makes a great cover for the bright, rosy hindwings that are visible when the moth is resting with wings spread or in flight. The Painted Tiger Moth is at home in the North American southwest and can be seen in arid chaparral as well as open fields.

    Eggs are shiny and oblong shaped. Larvae hatch in the spring and nibble at the foliage of low-growing plants. Caterpillars are black with blots of rusty-orange on the body where tufts of bristles grow. They are mostly active at night, when their natural coloring offers camouflage. Adults do not eat. They emerge in the summer and are active all season long as well as into the fall.

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    Painted Tiger Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Painted Tiger Moth
    Scientific Name: Arachnis picta

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Erebidae
           Genus: Arachnis
            Species: picta

    Size (Adult, Length): 39mm to 50mm (1.54in to 1.97in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, black, pink, red, white, orange

    Additional Descriptors: blotch, wavy, lined, striped, flying, furry, hairy

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California; Colorado; Nevada; New Mexico; Texas; Utah; 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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