Harrisina americana

Common Names: Grapeleaf skeletonizer
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Moths

Adult moths are uniformly black except for a yellowish or orange collar. The body and wings are long and narrow, and the abdomen is usually held curled upwards, with a tuft of hairs at the tip. Length of the moth is 8 to 12 mm, while the wing expanse is 22 to 28 mm. Adults are active visiting flowers during the day as well as at night. They live only a few days. Larvae are stout, with ten bright yellow bands or lines of dots, and eleven black bands alternating.

Commonly found feeding on or near species in the grape family, including the common invasive Virginia creeper.

Edible Notes: Poisonous. Members of this family all produce HCN (hydrogen cyanide) a potent antipredator toxin.
Warnings: The larvae have hair-like setae that, if brushed against, will give a rash that lasts several days.