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Yellow-Collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)

The yellow-collared scrape moth is an Erebidae moth found in North America. It is recognizable from its unique yellow collar that gives it its name and is very similar to the Virginia ctenucha.

Yellow Collared Scape Moth


Scientific Classification

  • Family: Erebidae
  • Genus: Cisseps
  • Scientific Name: Cisseps fulvicollis

Description and Identification


The larvae are yellow, brown, or black with dark stripes on their backs and yellow or orange stripes on both sides. Their bodies are sparsely colored with long and soft hairs.

Yellow Collared Scape Moth Caterpillar



Pupae are orangish-yellow and covered with brown markings. They pupate in cocoons of discarded setae from the larval stage.

Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

Forewing: When the wings are opened, they are black or dark brown. When the wings are closed, the colors remain observable.

Hindwing: When the wings are opened, a translucent patch, either bluish, pale grayish, or white, can be seen on a black background. When the wings are closed, the patch is no longer observable.

Average wingspan: 2.9-3.7 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: Late spring and summer

Cisseps fulvicollis



Females lay their eggs close to the host plant.

Quick Facts

DistributionNorth America
HabitatFields with flowering plants
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsGrasses, lichens, and spike-rushes
Adult DietNectar from flowers

Did You Know

  • There are two sub-species – Cisseps fulvicollis fulvicollis and Cisseps fulvicollis pallens.
Yellow Collared Scape Moth Image


Yellow Collared Scape Moth Picture


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