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Giant leopard moth,
Hypercompe scribonia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Tribe: Arctiini
Subtribe: Spilosomina
Genus: Hypercompe
Hübner, 1819[1]
Type species
Phalaena icasia
Cramer, 1777

Hypercompe is a genus of tiger moths in the Erebidae family. Over 80 species in the genus are found throughout the Americas. The moths are typically large with white forewings heavily spotted with black and with brightly colored abdomens which are exposed when the moths are threatened. This is a form of aposematism. The moths produce copious amounts of foul-smelling defensive chemicals, which they ooze from special points of weakness on their thoraces, to discourage potential predators.[citation needed]


Several species were formerly separated in Ecpantheria, which is now regarded as a junior synonym.


The genus includes the following species.


Images of Hypercompe moths
H. scribonia (great leopard moth), Massachusetts, USA, photo from http://laurennoyes.com 
H. scribonia, Massachusetts, USA, photo from http://laurennoyes.com 
H. scribnoia, Massachusetts, USA, photo from http://laurennoyes.com 


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