Moths of North Dakota

Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini

Grammia phyllira (Drury 1773)

Common name: Phyllira tiger moth.

Hodges #: 8194, 8195, as Apantesis phyllira  and A. oithona.

Identification: Rfw 16.2 mm, fw streaks and transverse lines pale salmon pink with white edging, transverse line at end of discal cell straight, hw ground color pinkish red, pro-tibiae black dorsally.

Similar species: 8179, 8182, 8186, 8193, 8196, 8197.

Distribution: southern Canada and temperate United States east of the Rockies.

Hosts: Larvae feed on Castilleja spp. paintcup (Scrophulariaceae) and other herbaceous plants.

Note: Specimens having fw veins marked with white, and occurring west of the Appalachians were previously considered to be a separate species, G. oithona (Strecker).  See-- The Grammia complex in North Dakota.


ND, Ransom Co., Berg allotment, Sheyenne Natl. grasslands,  T134N  R57W  Sec. 22.  Hg/UV lt.  12- VI- 1992, coll. G. Fauske.


Note pale line at end of discal cell straight.


Ventral view of G. phyllira showing black protibiae.





Last updated: 01/23/07

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
202 Hultz Hall
Fargo, ND 58105

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