Mexican Tiger Moth (Apantesis proxima)
The Mexican tiger moth is a member of the family of Erebidae moths. French entomologist Felix Guérin-Méneville first described it in 1844.
Description and Identification
The caterpillars are covered in short hairs.
After maturing, the larvae begin to pupate.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present. The males have white hindwings, while the females have pink hindwings with black blotches.
Color and Appearance
Forewings: When the wings are open, black shapes are observed on top of a creamy white background. When the wings are closed, the patterns remain visible.
Hindwings: When the wings are open, they are pink with black spots in the females and white in the males. When the wings are closed, these colors are no longer visible.
Average wingspan: 1.4-2 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: April to October
Eggs are laid near a food source.
|Distribution||Mexico and parts of the Western United States|
|Lifespan of Adults||1-2 weeks|
|Host Plants||Herbaceous plants|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- There are two sub-species – Apantesis proxima proxima and Apantesis proxima mormonica.