×
BugFinder Insects by State Spiders Butterflies & Moths Bees, Ants, & Wasps Beetles All Bugs Videos (YouTube)

Painted Tiger Moth (Arachnis picta)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Painted Tiger Moth



Loading SVG image placeholder
1/1
Image Credit: Marc B. Face Canyon, UT
Full-sized image of the Painted-Tiger-Moth Thumbnail image of the Painted-Tiger-Moth

Painted Tiger Moths showcase hot pink colors in regions that usually cook under the heat from the sun.



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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. Even its upper legs show off that lively shade of pink. The Painted Tiger Moth is at home in the North American southwest and can be seen in arid chaparral as well as open fields. Its colors are reflected in desert habitat, from sandy river beds to cactus blossoms.

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 decent camouflage. Adult moths do not eat. They emerge in the summer and are active well into autumn.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Flying insect icon
Hairy insect icon
Striped or banded insect icon




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Erebidae
View More
          Genus: Arachnis
View More
            Species: picta
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Arachnis picta
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 39mm to 50mm (1.53" to 1.96")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: yellow, black, pink, red, white, orange
Descriptors: blotch, wavy, lined, striped, flying, furry, hairy
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 39mm and 50mm
Lo: 39mm
Md: 44.5mm
Hi: 50mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
State of Alabama graphic
State of Arizona graphic
State of Arkansas graphic
State of California graphic
State of Colorado graphic
State of Delware graphic
State of Florida graphic
State of Georgia graphic
State of Idaho graphic
State of Illinois graphic
State of Indiana graphic
State of Iowa graphic
State of Kansas graphic
State of Kentucky graphic
State of Louisiana graphic
State of Maine graphic
State of Maryland graphic
State of Michigan graphic
State of Minnesota graphic
State of Mississippi graphic
State of Missouri graphic
State of Montana graphic
State of Nebraska graphic
State of Nevada graphic
State of New England graphic
State of New Jersey graphic
State of New Mexico graphic
State of New York graphic
State of North Carolina graphic
State of North Dakota graphic
State of Ohio graphic
State of Oklahoma graphic
State of Oregon graphic
State of Pennsylvania graphic
State of South Carolina graphic
State of South Dakota graphic
State of Tennessee graphic
State of Texas graphic
State of Utah graphic
State of Virginia graphic
State of Washington graphic
State of West Virginia graphic
State of Wisconsin graphic
State of Wyoming graphic
Canadian territory of Alberta graphic
Canadian territory of British Columbia graphic
Canadian territory of Manitoba graphic
Canadian territory of New Brunswick graphic
Canadian territory of Newfoundland and Labrador graphic
Canadian territory of Ontario graphic
Canadian territory of Quebec graphic
Canadian territory of Saskatchewan graphic
Territory map graphic of the country of Mexico
Contiguous United States shape map layer graphic
Alaska  
Hawaii  
Prince Edward Is.  
* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Painted Tiger Moth 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 Painted Tiger Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Sitemap


Beetle Identification Butterfly Identification Caterpillar Identification Spider ID

www.InsectIdentification.org • Content ©2006- InsectIdentification.org • All Rights Reserved. The InsectIdentification.org logo, its written content, and watermarked photographs/imagery are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and is protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. This resource uses publically-released information. Material presented throughout this website is for entertainment value and should not to be construed as usable for scientific research or medical advice (regarding bites, etc...).Please consult licensed, degreed professionals for such information. By submitting images to us (InsectIdentification.org) you acknowledge that you have read and understood our Site Disclaimer as it pertains to "User-Submitted Content". When emailing please include your location and the general estimated size of the specimen in question if possible. Please direct all inquiries and comments to insectidentification AT gmail.com.

www.InsectIdentification.org • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2006-

Facebook Logo YouTube Logo