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8-4-14 Clymene moth 140The Clymene Moth, Haploa clymene, is noted for the striking upside-down cross pattern on its forewings. Because of this design, some people refer to it as the “Crusader Moth.” A member of the Tiger Moth family (as is the Woolly Bear/Isabella Tiger Moth), the Clymene Moth can be seen flying day or night. Typically they inhabit deciduous forests and fields adjacent to them where the black, bristly larvae feed on a wide variety of plants, including willows, oaks, and members of the Aster family. In contrast to its white forewings, the Clymene Moth’s hind pair of wings is bright yellow. Its long proboscis allows it to reach deep inside the nectar-bearing hoods of Common Milkweed.

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6 responses

  1. Beautiful photograph.

    August 4, 2014 at 11:57 am

  2. Elizabeth Janeway

    Extra wonderful photo, Mary. Looks like some kind of bishop in fancy robes! Betsy

    Elizabeth Janeway

    August 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm

  3. Jean Harrison

    I enjoyed (and photographed) a Clymene tiger moth on my desk last week, before I took it outside. I identified it with my falling-apart little Golden Book of butterflies and moths. Those books from my childhood are still my first go-to field guides. This is a really beautiful moth.

    August 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm

  4. Great capture of an astonishingly beautiful creature! I so love your blog! 🙂

    August 6, 2014 at 2:40 am

  5. Jean Harrison

    If there is a second edition of “Milkweed Visitors”, this picture should be in it.

    August 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

  6. Thanks, Jean!

    August 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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