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  • Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth - (Cosmosoma myrodora)

    Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth - (Cosmosoma myrodora)

    The bold and colorful Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth effectively uses warning colors to avoid common moth-eating predators.

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    Staff Writer (8/27/2014): Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moths are members of the Tiger moth family. Like their relatives, they are colorful and brightly patterned. Wingspans can stretch more than 30mm (1.2 inches). They are furry and have red legs. They are effective mimics of wasps in color and are distasteful to animals that typically prey on moths, like birds, bats and lizards.

    This species is at home in the warm states of the southeastern region of the U.S.. They prefer coastal areas and are active from late spring through summer. Look for them on or near aster flowers or related plants. This is the feeding plant of the caterpillar. They are yellow-bodied and covered with a thick coat of white spiky fur.

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    Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth
    Scientific Name: Cosmosoma myrodora

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Arctiidae
           Genus: Cosmosoma
            Species: myrodora

    Size (Adult, Length): 15mm to 25mm (0.59in to 0.98in)

    Identifying Colors: red, black, blue

    Additional Descriptors: flying, furry, clearwing, tri-colored, wasp, metallic, shiny

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; South Carolina; Texas

    * 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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