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.
Description and Identification
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.
Once mature, the larva will begin to pupate.
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
The eggs are laid nearby the host plant.
|Distribution||Eastern North America|
|Habitat||Fields, open areas, and woodlands|
|Lifespan of Adults||5-10 days|
|Host Plants||Dandelion, ironweed, thistles|
|Adult Diet||Flower nectar|
Did You Know
- These moths have well-developed hearing organs on the side, similar to other tiger moths.