Tiger moth, (family Arctiidae), any of about 11, species of moths (order Lepidoptera), the common name of which is derived from that of one of its most common genera, Grammia, which have dark wings with red or orange spots and white stripes, sometimes displayed in striking geometric escortxx.xyz adults have thick furry bodies and wings that may be almost solid white, or dark with white. Like most of the tiger moth caterpillars the banded woolly worm will roll up into a ball if you attempt to pick it up or disturb it in some way. When mature, the caterpillar forms a cocoon in which it overwinters. Adult isabella tiger moths emerge in the spring. The adult isabella tiger moth has a wingspan of around inches ( cm).
Hairy caterpillars As with all hairy caterpillars care should always be taken if handling as their hairs can cause irritation. The adult Garden Tiger moth exudes a smelly liquid from a gland at the back of their head as a deterrent to predators. Isabella tiger moth consumes the leaves of asters, birches, clover, corn, elms, maples, and sunflowers, as well as a variety of grasses and weeds, including plantain, dandelion, and nettles. Adults drink nectar from wildflowers. Description. Isabella tiger moth is notable for its larval and adult stages.
Adult Moth. Sexual Dimorphism: Present. The females appear larger than their male counterparts, while there is also a difference in coloration in their wings. Color and Appearance. Forewings: When opened, they are tan or yellow with black spots and faint lines all over. When closed, it has the same yellow color and spotted appearance. The garden tiger moth or great tiger moth (Arctia caja) is a moth of the family Erebidae. Arctia caja is a northern species found in the US, Canada, and Europe. The moth prefers cold climates with temperate seasonality, as the larvae overwinter, and preferentially chooses host plants that produce pyrrolizidine alkaloids. However, garden tiger moths are generalists, and will pick many different Family: Erebidae.