Thursday, August 17, 2017

Harnessed Tiger Moth

On 11 August 2017, I was strolling dutifully behind Erika in the lumberyard of our local Menard’s when a striking moth caught my eye. I took this photo with my cell phone. It is a tiger moth. According to, at least four species of tiger moths and they are difficult to tell apart. The only way is to dissect and check out the genitalia. Clearly I did not do that, and I wonder if the moths carry microscopes with them when they go out to mate. 

I suspect this moth may be a Harnessed Tiger Moth, found from southern Canada to Florida, and west to Texas and South Dakota. The larvae feed on clover, corn and dandelion (Bugguide).

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