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Parthenice Tiger Moth (Apantesis parthenice)

The parthenice tiger moth is a member of the family of Erebidae moths. They are found in North America and are poisonous both as larvae and adults.

Parthenice Tiger Moth

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Erebidae
  • Genus: Apantesis
  • Scientific Name: Apantesis parthenice

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

Larvae are dark with contrasting bright markings and have stiff hairs all over their bodies. These caterpillars are poisonous, so predators tend to leave them alone.

Parthenice Tiger Moth Caterpillar

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Pupa

Once mature, the larva will begin to pupate.

Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

Forewing: When the wings are opened, they are black with white veins and margins. When the wings are closed, the colors and patterns remain observable.

Hindwing: When the wings are opened, they are orange-pink with black patches. When the wings are closed, the hindwing remains hidden.

Besides the wings, their body appear stout, and furry, with the thorax appearing black, and the abdomen having a orange-pink coloration besides the black patches.

Average wingspan: 7.5 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: May-October

Apantesis parthenice

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Egg

The eggs are laid nearby the host plant.

Quick Facts

DistributionEastern North America
HabitatFields, open areas, and woodlands
Lifespan of Adults5-10 days
Host PlantsDandelion, ironweed, thistles
Adult DietFlower nectar

Did You Know

  • These moths have well-developed hearing organs on the side, similar to other tiger moths.
Parthenice Tiger Moth Image

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Parthenice Tiger Moth Picture

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