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Baltimore Snout (Hypena baltimoralis)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Baltimore Snout

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The deep brown and tan markings on the male Baltimore Snout's wings resemble a luxurious cloak.

Updated: 01/02/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Also called a Baltimore Hypena Moth, the Baltimore Snout has a triangular shape. The snout is actually two labial palps on the front of the head that extend forward and together; it is not a nose or trunk. The male is darker and more two-toned than the female. She has almost a gray hue over her wings. She is paler where he is dark, and she is darker and more patterned where he is light. A blackish streak running down next to the body on the forewings is more visible on the female because of her paler shade. An angled dark streak stretches to each wing tip on both sexes. This is a nocturnal moth, but it will come to lights at night.

Caterpillars feed on the leaves of maple trees, so look for both larvae and flying adults in or near deciduous forests. They are chartreuse green with orange or red bands between their segments. Depending on maturity, a ring of black or orange dots on each segment may also be visible. The last pair of prolegs is at the tip of the abdomen and flare out in a V-formation. Two or more broods can be produced each year, and they appear in summer through autumn. Adults are active in early spring in the southern, warmer part of their range and remain so until almost the end of autumn. ©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Erebidae
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          Genus: Hypena
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            Species: baltimoralis

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Hypena baltimoralis
Other Name(s): Baltimore Bomolocha, Baltimore Hypena Moth
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 16mm to 18mm (0.62" to 0.70")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; tan; white; black; gray
Descriptors: nose; hairy face; long nose; snout; streak; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 16mm (0.6in) and 18mm (0.7in)
Lo: 16mm
Md: 17mm
Hi: 18mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Baltimore Snout may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Baltimore Snout. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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