Saturday, June 20, 2009

Clymene Moth (Haploa clymene)

(Photo: 06/21/09 by Marvin)

Clymene Moth (Haploa clymene)

Hodges: #8107

Identification: Easy ... bold cross pattern is distinctive.

Range: Maine and Quebec to Florida, west to Kansas and Texas.

Habitat: Deciduous forests and adjacent fields, etc.

Caterpillar hosts: Eupatorium species, oaks, peach, and willow trees; other plants.




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21 comments:

Meg said...

Pretty! Looks like he's wearing a super hero cape!

Carol said...

Need to see if I can find one. Very nice.

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Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is a very striking moth. At least you can find what it is.

MObugs said...

These great moths have been showing up in large numbers at a mercury vapor light/ sheet we have out near our timber. They are so uniquely marked. One of my favorite to find. Their patterns seem to vary a lot too.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What a spectacular moth Marvin. You should take one and breed it out so you can see what the caterpillar looks like too. :)

laughingwolf said...

looks neat, but if they feed on those plants, i'd not be happy to see them :(

AphotoAday said...

Hmmm, reminds me of one of those Rorshack Ink Blot tests...

Kelly said...

...now that's one cool moth. The design resembles a French Fleur-de-lis! I've never seen one.

TSannie said...

What beautiful markings! First time I've ever seen this moth.

birdy said...

It's looking wonderful. The opposite colors black and white added to its beauty.

A Joyful Chaos said...

I happened across your blog and have been enjoying reading your informative posts. Since we live in the Ozarks it is especially interesting learning to identify things we have been seeing but had no clue what to call it.

Q said...

Nice moth!
I have not seen this one. It is moth season and I do think they are very lovely bugs!
Sherry

Willard said...

That's a beautiful moth, Marvin. It is another species I have not photographed. You always have excellent photographs and information.

Steve B said...

Kind of reminds me of a Rorschach test. Hmmm, it looks like a...

A very beautiful moth.

Anonymous said...

We found one of these beautiful moths tonight in Mississippi. My first thought was that it looked like a triangular shield, the Trinity, with a cross on it. Our creator is amaazing.

Anonymous said...

I live in charleston,wv and my grandmother has found 4 of them on her own and i have found 2 within the last month myself!!! the first one she caught was in 1968! shes a minister

theresa79y said...

I live in Massachusetts. Last year at this time I found one up in the corner of my bathroom. A year later, yesterday (8/15/09), I found another in the house. The ones I have found have a light yellow background.

laura daniels said...

6 years ago my husband had a tumor removed from his spinal column at the base of his skull.after being home 2 weeks he became desperatly ill again .while calling his sister to let her know i was rushing him back to the hospital (2 hours away) and praying at the same time this moth started circling my head and when seeing the cross i dropped the phone to try to catch it. i still have this moth. i know without a shadow of a doubt that is was Gods way at that moment of letting me know he had everything under control.i saw the cross and even the sign that hung over the cross. but later , the holy spirit ministered to me in another way for that time in my life. The cross or the moth.Would i take up my cross and leave behind the things of this world where the moth come in and destroy. marengo co alabama

Tonia cole said...

I have one right now on my wall,wanted to know if it's harmful

Tonia cole said...

I have one right now on my wall,wanted to know if it's harmful

Marvin said...

I don't know of any moths that I'd consider "harmful".