Painted Tiger Moth (Arachnis picta)
The banded tiger moth is an Erebidae moth found in the United States. American entomologist American entomologist, Alpheus Spring Packard first described this species in 1864.
Description and Identification
They are black with orange blots from which tufts of setae grow. The caterpillar mostly remain active during night, when their black body perfectly camouflages with the surrounding area.
Once the larvae mature, they begin to pupate.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
Forewings: When the wings are opened, a dense marbled grayish-white marbled pattern is observed. When the wings are closed, the pattern remains observable.
Hindwings: When the wings are opened, perhaps during rest or flight they are a bright, rosy color. When the wings are closed, they are completely hidden.
Average wingspan: 5 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: Summer to Fall
The oblong-shaped eggs have a shiny appearance.
|Distribution||Southwestern United States and the corresponding Mexican border|
|Habitat||Near fields and lawns|
|Lifespan of Adults||5-10 days|
|Host Plants||Herbs, including lupine and radish|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- There are several sub-species, including Arachnis picta picta, Arachnis picta maia, and Arachnis picta verna.