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Apantesis phalerata (harnessed tiger moth) is a species of moth of the family Erebidae.[2][3] It is found from Ontario, Quebec and Maine to Florida, west to Texas, north to South Dakota.

Harnessed tiger moth
Apantesis phalerata.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Apantesis
Species: A. phalerata
Binomial name
Apantesis phalerata
(Harris, 1841)[1]
  • 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

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