Moths of North Dakota

Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Phaegopterini

Cycnia tenera Hübner 1818

Common name: Dogbane tiger moth/ Delicate cycnia.

Hodges #: 8230.

Identification: Rfw 17 mm, fw costa yellow from base to beyond discal cell, often with gray shading in discal cell and cells M1 and S5; ptagiae yellow, tegulae yellow at base, vertex yellow, palpi prorrect, tongue well developed.  Abdomen dorsally white, each tergite with a black spot and yellow caudal band.  Proboscis strong as compared to Spilosoma, or Hyphantria species.

Similar species: 8254, 8238. 8231, 8230.

Distribution: southern Canada and United States, absent from the southwest.

Hosts: Larvae feed on Apocynym-- dogbane.


ND, McLean Co., Garrison Local Training Area, 11 mi WSW Garrison.  47 36 25 N. Lat, 101 33 57 W Long.  Hg/UV lt.  28- VI- 2002.  coll. G. Fauske.   

Head of C. tenera showing well developed proboscis.







Last updated: 01/23/07

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

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