Apantesis phalerata

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Apantesis phalerata
Apantesis phalerata.jpg
Harnessed Tiger Moth [1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Arctiidae
Genus: Apantesis
Species: A. phalerata
Binomial name
Apantesis phalerata
(Harris, 1841)[2]
  • Arctia phalerata Harris, 1841
  • Arctia phalerata var. incompleta Butler, 1881
  • Arctia rhoda Butler, 1881
  • Arctia incarnata Stretch, 1906
  • Arctia pulcherrima Stretch, 1906
  • Apantesis naidella Strand, 1919
  • Apantesis vittatula Strand, 1919
  • Apantesis rhodana Strand, 1919

Commonly called the harnessed tiger moth, Apantesis phalerata is a species of moth of the Arctiidae family.[3] It is found from Ontario, Quebec and Maine to Florida, west to Texas, north to South Dakota.

The wingspan is 30–42 mm. The moths fly from May to September depending on the location.

The larvae feed on Trifolium, Spartina, Taraxacum, and Plantago species, as well as other low-growing plants.


  1. ^ Cirrus Digital: Harnessed Tiger Moth Apantesis phalerata
  2. ^ Apantesis, funet.fi
  3. ^ Markku Savela (July 24, 2008). "Apantesis genus". funet.fi. Retrieved 2009-03-25.