|Clymene haploa tiger moth|
Friday, August 1, 2014
Interesting 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.