Moths of North Dakota

Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini

Grammia parthenice (W. Kirby 1837)

Common name: Parthenice tiger moth.

Hodges #: 8196, as Apantesis parthenice (W. Kirby).

Identification: Rfw 18.7 mm, fw with disruptive coloration (typical Grammia pattern), transverse line at end of discal cell bent to costa, hw ground color orange-pink, usually black discal spot as only median wing marking, pro-tibiae black dorsally.

Similar species: 8179, 8192, 8193, 8195, 8197, 8198.

Distribution: southern Canada and United States, except West Coast.

Hosts: a general feeder on low plants including dandelion, ironweed, and thistles.

Note: based upon wing pattern variation this species apparently hybridizes with both G. virgo and G. phyllira in the northern plains.  See-- The Grammia complex in North Dakota.


ND, Grand Forks Co., Northwood, 5- VIII- 1957, J. Onsager.

ND,  Adams Co., Hettinger,  UV light trap, 6- VIII- 1985, coll. G. Fauske. 






Last updated: 01/23/07

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
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Fargo, ND 58105

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