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Giant leopard moth

Hypercompe scribonia

Description:

The Giant Leopard Moth or Eyed Tiger Moth (Hypercompe scribonia) is a moth of the family Arctiidae. It is distributed throughout the Southern and Eastern United States from New England to Mexico. The obsolete name Ecpantheria scribonia is still occasionally encountered. This species has a wingspan of 3 inches (nearly 8 cm). The wings of this moth are bright white with a pattern of neat black blotches, some solid and some hollow. The abdomen is dark blue with orange markings, the male has a narrow yellow line on the sides. Its legs have black and white bands. Adult moths are strictly nocturnal and do not generally fly before nightfall

Notes:

The caterpillar is of the "Woolly Bear" kind, with a thick coat of black bristles (setae) and red or orange colored bands between its segments which become conspicuous when caterpillar rolls into a ball for defense.

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7 Comments

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

Gorgeous moth!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Grate spotting!

x97256
x97256 8 years ago

Hmmm, I can't say I've ever come across this before. Amazing!

Thank you. They are incredible. I love that blue'ish spots on it.

Nadi88
Nadi88 9 years ago

nice contrast between both animals!

Brian10
Brian10 9 years ago

Very nice picture. I just spotted one yesterday!

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jun 21, 2011
Submitted on Jun 22, 2011

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