Friday, August 1, 2014

Interesting haploa tiger moth

Clymene haploa tiger moth
Corky Dalton sent this nice photo of a Clymene haploa tiger moth taken along the Hudson R.

These day-flying tiger moths are aposematically brightly colored to indicate toxicity.   The hind wings also have a flash orange color with two simple eye spots presumably as a second line of defense against bird predation. I assume some of the toxicity comes from larval food of plants such as dog fennel and willow.

Bill Dunson

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