Tiger Moths: Arctiinae
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The Tiger Moth family (Arctiinae) receives its because many species share the physical characteristic of having color wings and.or striped bodies.
The caterpillars are well known as the wooly bears, or caterpillar fitted with hairs around their bodies.
Around two hundred and fifty species can be found in the United States. The top picture shows a species called Sierran Pericopid (Gnophaela latipennis), found in the Sierra Mountains of Northern California.
The Ranchman's Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella), pictured below, is another very common and colorful Western Tiger Moth found in the Northwest, mostly west of the Rocky mountains.
The listed Cinnebar Moth and Wasp Moth are two additional Arctinnae species.
© 2006 Patricia A. Michaels.