Yellow Tiger Moth-Arctia flavia #11

Image Size: 10″ x 7-3/4″

Prized by collectors, the yellow tiger moth is easily recognized by its variegated forewings of ivory and blackish brown and its citron yellow hindwings with darker markings along the margin. Similar to other tiger moths, adults of the Arctic flavia species are capable of ejecting rather noxious substances from their thoracic glands up to distances of 200 mm. This species further advertises its distastefulness to predators with a dull carmine red abdomen.

The caterpillar feeds at night on the foliage of various alpine plants while resting in rock crevices during the day. Probably because of the associated habitat and short growth season, this moth must overwinter twice prior to its transformation into a crysalis. Arctic flavia is only found at high altitudes of temperate Europe and western Asia and is a member of discontinuous arctic-alpine distribution derived from the Pleistocene glaciations.

Text by Jacqueline Miller, Ph. D., Associate Curator, Allyn Museum of Entomology, Florida Museum of Natural History and Former President, The Lepidopterists’ Society

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