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Mournful Thyris

Thyris sepulchralis


Black wings with a large median and other smaller white spots; those at margin give wings a ragged look. Hindwing has white median patch. Wingspan 15-23 mm. Conspicuous when seen flying in daytime because of bold pattern.


Texas Laurel in a wildlife habitat garden. Photo 1 actually has two on the same bloom, second wing and abdomen slightly visible.


Spent 2 hours on March 20 chasing this kind of moth down a trail. This morning they are all over the blooms on the spirea and Texas laurel.

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gatorfellows 10 years ago

Their host plant is grape, so they are considered a pest by some. You will have to come East to get a photo of one. They fly April to Aug, :)

gatorfellows 10 years ago

Thanks Rieko, Lauren and Jakubko :)

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Gator, they are so worth the effort, I cannot get enough of them ever since you posted one !

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

Gorgeous! I especially love the second photo!

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Wow! Very very nice!

RiekoS 10 years ago


gatorfellows 10 years ago

Thanks Carol :) I start looking for them when the Redbuds bloom. They were really happy on the Texas Laurel blooms. They really blended in on the Bridal veil spirea blooms and then I would see them fly. Great morning :)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

Oh my! WOW! Look at them all. Last summer I had the pleasure of introduction to these amazing moths. Wonderful!

gatorfellows 10 years ago

Thanks Reza. They are tiny, but beautiful. That is what made me run after it last week for 2 hours. Had I known they were coming to me, I would have waited. :)

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Gorgeous !

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Denton, Texas, USA

Spotted on Mar 27, 2013
Submitted on Mar 30, 2013

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