Painted Tiger Moth
( Arachnis picta )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Arachnis picta
(Packard ,1864 )
Common Name:Painted Tiger Moth
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Lepidoptera
Suborder:Heterocera
Family:Erebidae
Subfamily:Arctiinae
Tribe:Arctiini
Genus:Arachnis
Taxon Code:LEP00187
ITIS/TSN:937879

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Early Drive, Early Dr, Early Drive, Felton
County:Santa Cruz County
ECI Site#:CA44150000

RECOGNITION
Description
Adult: The thorax and wings are gray with extensive blotches of gray and white that are bordered with black. The underwings and abdomen are red with gray blotches, also bordered by black. The base of the abdomen has red eyespots. Larva: Covered in dense black and cinnamon-colored bristles. Egg: Hemispherical, shiny pearl-colored.
Body Length
Forewing length 19-25 mm. Larva to 5 cm.

BIOLOGY
Food
Adults do not feed. Larvae are generalists of low herbaceous plants.
Range
Central and southern California to Colorado, south to western Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Flight Period
Adults fly June to October. In Arizona the larvae go into prepupal diapause during the dry season, from the end of the monsoons (September) until spring.
Development
Eggs are laid in large, equally spaced masses of up to 200.

CREDITS
Photographer
Dennis Baumsteiger
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Arachnis picta - Painted tiger moth - Hodges#8152. (https://bugguide.net/node/view/35201). Accessed November 26, 2017. .
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