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Arctiidae - Tiger Moths

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Arthropoda
 Subphylum: Hexapoda
 Class: Insecta
 Order: Lepidoptera
 Family: Arctiidae

bella mothThere are around 11,000 species of small to medium-sized moths in this family. They are found in all parts of the world.

Many species are brightly colored and have stripes, spots, or bands on their wings.

Many of the caterpillars in this family are thickly furred. In fact, the caterpillar of the Isabella tiger moth (Pyrrharctia isabella) is the familiar banded woolly bear caterpillar.

 

 


World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
 

New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

Carlotta's Tiger Moth  - Apantesis carlotta More Info
Harnessed Tiger Moth - Apantesis phalerata image More Info
Garden Tiger Moth - Arctia caja More Info
Yellow-Collared Scape Moth - Cisseps fulvicollis image More Info
Little White Lichen Moth - Clemensia albata More Info
Pale Lichen Moth - Crambidia pallid More Info
Virginia Ctenucha - Ctenucha virginica image image More Info
Dogbane Tiger Moth - Cycnia tenera image More Info
Bicolored Moth - Eilema bicolor More Info
Salt Marsh Moth - Estigmene acrea image More Info
Milkweed Tussock Moth - Euchaetes egle image image More Info
Figured Tiger Moth - Grammia figurate More Info
Parthenice Tiger Moth - Grammia parthenice More Info
Phyllira Tiger Moth - Grammia phyllira More Info
Labrador Tiger Moth - Grammia quenseli More Info
Little Tiger Moth - Grammia virguncula More Info
Sycamore Tussock Moth - Halysidota harrisii image More Info
Banded Tussock Moth - Halysidota tessellaris image image More Info
Confused Haploa - Haploa confuse More Info
Leconte's Haploa - Haploa lecontei More Info
Giant Leopard Moth - Hypercompe scribonia image image More Info
Fall Webworm Moth - Hyphantria cunea image image More Info
Painted Lichen Moth - Hypoprepia fucosa image More Info
Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth - Lycomorpha pholus More Info
Large Ruby Tiger Moth - Phragmatobia assimilans More Info
Ruby Tiger Moth - Phragmatobia fuliginosa More Info
Lined Ruby Tiger Moth - Phragmatobia lineate More Info
Isabella Tiger Moth - Pyrrharctia Isabella image More Info
Agreeable Tiger Moth - Spilosoma congrua image More Info
Dubious Tiger Moth - Spilosoma dubia More Info
Virginian Tiger Moth -Spilosoma virginica image More Info
Orange Holomelina - Virbia aurantiaca More Info
Rusty Virbia - Virbia ferruginosa More Info
Immaculate Holomelina - Virbia immaculate More Info
Bog Holomelina - Virbia lamae More Info
Tawny Holomelina - Virbia opella More Info

  Faithful Beauty - Composia fidelissima
Scarlet- Bodied Wasp Moth - Cosmosoma myrodora
Pearly- Winged Lichen Moth - Crambidia casta
Yellow- headed Lichen Moth - Crambidia cephalica
Dark Gray Lichen Moth - Crambidia lithosioides
Pure Lichen Moth - Crambidia pura
Uniform Lichen Moth - Crambidia uniformis
Brown Ctenucha - Ctenucha brunnea
Red- Shouldered Ctenucha - Ctenucha rubroscapus
Unexpected Cycnia - Cycnia inopinatus
Oregon Cycnis - Cycnia oregonensis
Black - Winged Dahana - Dahana atripennis image More Info
Double - Tufted Wasp Moth - Didasys belae
Red- tailed Specter - Euerythra phasma
Three- spotted Specter - Euerythra trimaculata
Snowy Eupseudosoma - Eupseudosoma involutum
Vulcan Tiger Moth - Eurata vulcanus
Anna Tiger Moth - Grammia anna
Arge Tiger Moth - Grammia arge
Doris Tiger Moth - Grammia doris
Oithona Tiger Moth - Grammia oithona
Ornate Tiger Moth - Grammia ornate
Placentia Tiger Moth - Grammia placentia
Virgin Tiger Moth - Grammia virgo
Clymene Moth - Haploa clymene
Colona Moth - Haploa colona
The Neighbor Moth - Haploa contigua
Reversed Haploa - Haploa reversa
Edwards' Glassywing - Hemihyalea edwardsii
Texas Wasp Moth - Horama panthalon
Scarlet- Winged Lichen Moth - Hypoprepia miniata
Long- Streaked Tussock Moth - Leucanopsis longa
Silver- Spotted Tiger Moth - Lophocampa argentata
Hickory Tussock Moth - Lophocampa caryae
Spotted Tussock Moth - Lophocampa maculata
Edwards' Wasp Moth - Lymire edwardsii
Florida Eucereon - Nelphe carolina
Three- spotted Nola Moth - Nola triquetrana
Mexican Tiger Moth - Notarctia proxima
Mouse- Colored Lichen Moth - Pagara simplex
Yellow- Winged Pareuchaete - Pareuchaetes insulata
Lydia Tiger Moth - Phoenicoprocta lydia
St. Lawrence Tiger Moth - Platarctia parthenos
Ranchman's Tiger Moth - Platyprepia virginalis
Lesser Wasp Moth - Pseudocharis minima
Yellow- Edged Pygarctia - Pygarctia abdominalis
Sprague's Pygarctia - Pygarctia spraguei
Echo Moth - Seirarctia echo
Pink- Legged Tiger Moth - Spilosoma latipennis
Wandering Tiger Moth - Spilosoma vagans
Vestal Tiger Moth - Spilosoma vestalis
Polka- Dot Wasp Moth - Syntomeida epilais
Yellow- Banded Wasp Moth - Syntomeida ipomoeae
Rusty Holomelina - Virbia ferruginosa
Joyful Holomelina - Virbia laeta
Showy Holomelina - Virbia ostenta
Ruddy Holomelina - Virbia rubicundaria

North/Central American Species

 

Bella Moth - Utetheisa ornatrix image More Info
Cinnabar Moth - Tyria jacobaeae Introduced image More Info
Nais Tiger Moth - Apantesis nais
Banded Tiger Moth - Apantesis vittata
Painted Tiger Moth - Arachnis picta image More Info
Streaked Calidota - Calidota laqueata
Kentucky Lichen Moth - Cisthene kentuckiensis
Packard's Lichen Moth - Cisthene packardii
Lead- Colored Lichen Moth - Cisthene plumbea
Striated Lichen Moth - Cisthene striata
Subject Lichen Moth - Cisthene subjecta
Thin- Banded Lichen Moth - Cisthene tenuifascia
Cadbury's Lichen Moth - Comachara cadburyi
 

Other Species Around the World



Crimson Speckled Footman - Utetheisa pulchella Africa Asia Europe More Info

  Jersey Tiger - Euplagia quadripunctaria Asia Europe More Info


Additional Information

Resource Key
profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Agreeable Tiger Moth - Spilosoma congrua profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The agreeable tiger moth is white with black eyes.
Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Banded Tussock Moth - Halysidota tessellaris profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The banded tussock moth is also known as the pale tiger moth.
Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Banded Tussock Moth - Halysidota tessellaris profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The hairs of the banded tussock caterpillar can be irritating to people with sensitive skin.
Source: University of Missouri Extension Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bella Moth - Utetheisa ornatrix profile Photos North America
The Bella moth is found from Connecticut westward to southeastern Nebraska, and southward to southern New Mexico and Florida.
Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bella Moth - Utetheisa ornatrix profile Photos North America
Unlike most moths, which are nocturnal, the bella moth is diurnal.
Source: University of Florida Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth - Lycomorpha pholus profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The black-and-yellow lichen moth is often seen on flowers like goldenrod.
Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth - Lycomorpha pholus profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The black-and-yellow lichen moth caterpillar looks like lichen.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-Winged Dahana - Dahana atripennis profile Photos North America
The black-winged Dahana is found in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bicolored Moth - Eilema bicolor Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The bicolored moth is found in the northern U.S. and Canada.
Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bicolored Moth - Eilema bicolor profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The bicolored moth is found in coniferous forests.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bog Holomelina - Virbia lamae profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The bog holomelina is found in peat bogs in the northern U.S. and Canada.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Carlotta's Tiger Moth  - Apantesis carlotta Photos North America New Hampshire Species
Carlotta's tiger moth is found in the eastern U.S.
Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Cinnabar Moth - Tyria jacobaeae profile Photos Video Asia Australia Europe North America
The Cinnabar moth has black wings with bright red patches.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cinnabar Moth - Tyria jacobaeae profile Photos Asia Europe Australia North America
The Cinnabar moth is native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced into New Zealand, Australia and North America to control ragwort.
Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Confused Haploa - Haploa confuse profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
Confused haploa found from Manitoba, Canada east to Maine and south to the Great Lakes and Pennsylvania.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Crimson Speckled Footman - Utetheisa pulchella Photos Africa Asia Australia Europe
The crimson speckled footman has white wings with red and black spots.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Crimson Speckled Footman - Utetheisa pulchella Photos Africa Asia Australia Europe
The crimson speckled footman is also known as the crimson speckled moth.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Crimson Speckled Footman - Utetheisa pulchella profile Photos Africa Asia Australia Europe
The crimson speckled footman has a wingspan of 1.3-1.7 inches.
Source: UK Moths Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Dogbane Tiger Moth - Cycnia tenera profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The dogbane tiger moth is found in southern Canada and across much of the U.S.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Dubious Tiger Moth - Spilosoma dubia profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The dubious tiger moth is found in Canada and the eastern U.S.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Fall Webworm Moth - Hyphantria cunea profile Photos Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species
The fall webworm moth is found across the U.S. as well as in southern Canada and northern Mexico.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Fall Webworm Moth - Hyphantria cunea Photos Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species
The fall webworm moth was been introduced to Yugoslavia in the 1940s and is now found across much of Europe and in parts of Asia.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Figured Tiger Moth - Grammia figurate profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The figured tiger moth is found in the central and eastern United States, north to Quebec and Ontario.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Garden Tiger Moth - Arctia caja profile Photos Europe North America New Hampshire Species
The garden tiger moth has white forewings with brown spots and orange hind wings with blue spots. It is found in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Giant Leopard Moth - Hypercompe scribonia profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The giant leopard moth is found the eastern U.S.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Harnessed Tiger Moth - Apantesis phalerata profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The harnessed tiger moth is found from Maine and Quebec to Florida, west to South Dakota and Texas.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Harnessed Tiger Moth - Apantesis phalerata profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The harnessed tiger moth has black forewings with cream lines and orange hind wings with blue spots.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Immaculate Holomelina - Virbia immaculate profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The immaculate holomelina is found in the eastern U.S. and Canada.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Isabella Tiger Moth - Pyrrharctia Isabella profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Isabella tiger moth caterpillar is known as the banded woolly bear.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Isabella Tiger Moth - Pyrrharctia Isabella profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Isabella tiger moth caterpillar is found on asters, birches, clover, corn, elms, maples, and sunflowers.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Jersey Tiger - Euplagia quadripunctaria profile Video Asia Europe
The Jersey tiger has black and white striped wings.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Jersey Tiger - Euplagia quadripunctaria profile Asia Europe
The Jersey tiger feeds on a variety of flowers.
Source: UK Moths Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Large Ruby Tiger Moth - Phragmatobia assimilans profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The large ruby tiger moth caterpillar is found in southern Canada and the northern U.S.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Labrador Tiger Moth - Grammia quenseli Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Labrador tiger moth is found in near arctic and alpine regions, including the White Mountains in New Hampshire.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Leconte's Haploa - Haploa lecontei Photos North America New Hampshire Species
Leconte's haploa has white forewings with black borders and lines and white hindwings.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Lined Ruby Tiger Moth - Phragmatobia lineate Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The lined ruby tiger moth is found in the northeastern U.S. and in Canada.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Little White Lichen Moth - Clemensia albata Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The little white lichen moth is found in southern Canada and across much of the U.S.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Little White Lichen Moth - Clemensia albata Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The little white lichen moth is tiny. It has a wing span of 0.6- 0.9 inches.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Little Tiger Moth - Grammia virguncula profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The little tiger moth is found from Newfoundland to North Carolina in the mountains, west to South Dakota, north to Alberta and Yukon Territory.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Milkweed Tussock Moth - Euchaetes egle profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The milkweed tussock moth is found in the eastern half of U.S. and Quebec and Ontario in Canada.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Milkweed Tussock Moth - Euchaetes egle profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The milkweed tussock moth caterpillar is found on milkweed.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Painted Lichen Moth - Hypoprepia fucosa Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The painted lichen moth is found in southern Canada and the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Painted Tiger Moth - Arachnis picta profile profile Photos North America
The painted tiger moth is found in the western U.S.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pale Lichen Moth - Crambidia pallid Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The pale lichen moth is found in the U.S. and Canada.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Orange Holomelina - Virbia aurantiaca profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The orange holomelina is found in eastern North America.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Parthenice Tiger Moth - Grammia parthenice Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Parthenice tiger moth has black forewings with white lines and orange hindwings edged in black spots.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Parthenice Tiger Moth - Grammia parthenice Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Parthenice tiger moth is found in the eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Phyllira Tiger Moth - Grammia phyllira Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Phyllira tiger moth is found in the eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada. It is listed as an endangered species in Connecticut.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Ruby Tiger Moth - Phragmatobia fuliginosa profile Photos Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species
The ruby tiger moth caterpillar is found on goldenrod, ironweed, plantain, skunk cabbage, and sunflowers.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Rusty Virbia - Virbia ferruginosa profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The rusty virbia is found in the eastern U.S. and Canada.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Salt Marsh Moth - Estigmene acrea profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The salt marsh moth has white forewings with black spots. The male had orange hindwings; the female had white hindwings.
Source: BugGuide America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Sycamore Tussock Moth - Halysidota harrisii profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The sycamore tussock moth is found in the eastern U.S.
Source: BugGuide America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Tawny Holomelina - Virbia opella profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The tawny holomelina is found in oak forests.
Source: BugGuide America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-Collared Scape Moth - Cisseps fulvicollis profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The yellow-collared scape moth is found from Canada south to Texas and Florida.
Source: BugGuide America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Virginia Ctenucha profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Virginia ctenucha is the largest species of wasp moth in North America.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Virginian Tiger Moth -Spilosoma virginica profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Virginian tiger moth caterpillar is known as the yellow woolybear.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Virginian Tiger Moth -Spilosoma virginica Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Virginian tiger moth has white forewings and hindwings.
Source: Moths and Butterflies of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No