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Clymene Haploa (Haploa clymene)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Clymene Haploa

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It may be fitting that the Clymene Haploa Moth looks like a Star Trek badge because it boldly goes everywhere, all day and night.

Updated: 01/03/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Triangular in shape, Clymene Haploa Moths are mostly white. A black edge borders the sides and bottom of each wing. When the wings are together and flat, a prominent black pattern that is shaped like an upside down 'Y' sits in the center of the back. A small yellow head has black eyes and antennae. Hints of yellow may be found on the wings at the corners and in the middle. If it opens its wings, bright yellow hind wings become visible.

Unlike the nocturnal habits of most moths, the Clymene Haploa Moth does not shy away from sunshine. It is equally active during daytime and, at night, it is attracted to lights. It also prefers moist areas like wetlands, and visits flowers using its long proboscis to drink nectar. Its caterpillar is black and covered in spiky hairs. Thin yellow stripes stretch along both sides of its body. Caterpillars feed on willows, Joe Pye weed (a tall, native prairie plant), and flowers in the Aster family.©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: Haploa
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            Species: clymene

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Haploa clymene
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 40mm to 55mm (1.57" to 2.16")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: white; brown; black; yellow
Descriptors: triangle; chocolate; flying; furry; hairy

Clymene-Haploa-Moth Video(s)

A Haploa Moth caterpillar trekking across a chair cushion.

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 40mm (1.6in) and 55mm (2.2in)
Lo: 40mm
Md: 47.5mm
Hi: 55mm

Territorial Map*

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Clymene Haploa 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 Clymene Haploa. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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