Common Names: Apantesis, tiger moth
The species in the genus Apantesis cannot be properly identified based on external characteristics such as wing spots or colors. The only reliable method for identification is examination of the genitalia, which generally requires dissection. Potential species for Connecticut include A. carlotta, A. nais, and A. phalerata.
Apantesis are medium-sized tiger moths, with darker forwings, and generally mostly orange hindwings. When the wings are closed, it will look mostly black with crossing orange bars.
Habitat is varied, but most often found near fields and lawns in summer to early fall. Larvae feed on herbs including dandelion.
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