reversed haploa

(Haploa reversa)

reversed haploa
  Hodges #

8109

 
 
Conservation Status
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

Reversed haploa is a broad-winged, somewhat flimsy-looking tiger moth. It occurs in the United States from Ohio to Minnesota south to North Carolina and Oklahoma, and in Ontario. Adults are found from late May to early July in woodlands, wetlands, fields, and gardens. Larvae (caterpillars) feed on the leaves of many woody plants including apple, ash, and elm.

Adults are to 1 (22 to 28 mm) long and have a wingspan of 1¾ to 2 (45 to 50 mm).

The wings are held over the body like a roof when at rest. The forewing is creamy white with bold, dark brown markings. The inner, outer, and leading (costal) margins are dark except at the wingtip. A long diagonal line extends from the middle of the costal margin to the point where the inner and outer margins meet (anal angle). Before the line, at the wing base, the white area is triangular. Beyond the line the white area is broken into four of five spots.

The head is orangish-yellow. The antennae on both the male and female are slender and thread-like.

The caterpillar is mostly black with a stripe down the middle (middorsal stripe), one on each upper side (subdorsal stripes), and one on each lower side that passes through the breathing pores (spiracular stripe). The middorsal stripe is mostly red to orange with small yellow or white areas at the margins of the abdominal segments. The subdorsal stripes are orange to yellow or white and are often constricted or broken in the middle of each abdominal segment. The spiracular stripes are mostly broken into a row of spots. Each abdominal segment has six large black warts with a cluster of relatively short, barbed. bristle-like structures (setae). The upper (dorsal) setae are black, those on the sides are whitish.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: to 1 (22 to 28 mm)

Wingspan: 1¾ to 2 (45 to 50 mm)

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

Woodlands, wetlands, fields, and gardens

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

One generation per year: Late May to early July

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

The wings are held over the body like a roof when at rest.

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

Caterpillars overwinter and pupate in the spring.

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Leaves of woody plants including apple, ash, and elm.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 21, 29, 30, 71, 75.

 
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Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  
 

Suborder

Glossata  
 

Infraorder

Neolepidoptera  
  Parvorder Heteroneura  
  No Rank Ditrysia  
  No Rank Obtectomera  
 

Superfamily

Noctuoidea (noctuid moths)  
 

Family

Erebidae  
 

Subfamily

Arctiinae (tiger moths and lichen moths)  
 

Tribe

Arctiini (tiger moths)  
  Subtribe Callimorphina  
 

Genus

Haploa  
       
 

In 2011 the family Arctiidae (tiger moths and lichen moths) was transferred to the family Erebidae mostly intact but demoted to a subfamily. The former subfamilies are now tribes, the former tribes now subtribes.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Callimorpha reversa

Callimorpha suffusa

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

reversed haploa (caterpillar)

reversed haploa moth (adult)

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Anal angle

The angle at the corner formed where the outer and inner margins meet.

 

Costal margin

The leading edge of the forewing of insects.

 

Seta

A stiff, hair-like process on the outer surface of an organism. In Lepidoptera: A usually rigid bristle- or hair-like outgrowth used to sense touch. In mosses: The stalk supporting a spore-bearing capsule and supplying it with nutrients. Plural: setae.

 

Spiracle

A small opening on the surface of an insect through which the insect breathes.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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