Painted Tiger Moth
Arachnis picta
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae

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Located at Mount Timpanogos Park, Utah County, Utah  - ©Tim Dalsing
Top:  Male
Bottom:  Female
male and female

Photo of Female fluttering wings
A bit worn after ovipositing



Oviposted these on 19 September
About to emerge on 26 September 2015

First Instars  emerged 26 September 2015 - 7 days as ova
1st instars

30 September 2015 - Set to Molt
1st instar

Second Instar on 1 October 2015 - 7 mm long
2nd instar

Third Instar with discarded head case-  6 October 2015
3rd instar

Third Instar - 6 October 2015
3rd instar

Fourth Instar - 10 October 2015 - 15 mm long
4th instar

Fifth Instar 17 October 2015 - 30 mm long

Sixth Instar - 31 October 2015 - 40 mm long

Photos - ©Nicky Davis, ©Tim Dalsing
Female and male located by Tim Dalsing at  Mount Timpanogos Park, Utah County, Utah o
n September 18, 2015

Started ovipositing same day 18 September 2015
Photo taken on 19th of ova oviposited on 18 September 2015
Photo taken on 26 September of ova oviposited on 19 September 2015
Photo of larvae just emerging on 26 September 2015, 7 days as ova
Photo on 30 September of larva set to molt to 2nd Instar
Photo of 2nd instar on 1 October 2015 - 7 mm long, 4-5 days as first Instars
Photos of 3rd instar on 6 October 2015 -  5 days as second instars- 11 mm long
Photo of 4th instar on 10 October 2015 -  4-5 days as third instars - 15 mm long
Photo of 5th instar on 17 October 2015 - 7 days as fourth instar - 30 mm long
Photo of 6th instar on 31 October 2015 -  6 days as fifth instar 40 mm long

Description: White/gray with dark lines on upper forewing, red with black markings on upper hindwing, abdomen red with black striping.

Host Plants
These are reported as being generalists since the larvae will eat many herbaceous plants.  Wild radish, cabbage and other mustards, Wandering jew (Tradescantia zebrina), acanthus
, nasturtium, dandelion, endive, other area native shrubs or vines like vetch and wild cucumber vine, sunflowers, or garden plants like echias, coral honeysuckle, spinach and lettuce have been reported.
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