Moths of North Carolina
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Apantesis doris (Boisduval, 1869) - Doris Tiger Moth


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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ArctiinaeTribe: ArctiiniP3 Number: 930241.00 MONA Number: 8198.00 MONA Synonym: Grammia doris
Comments: The genus Apantesis is represented by 43 species in North America, including 13 species in North Carolina. Included along with A. arge in subgenus Mimarctia, characterized by their completely pale costal cells as well as other features (Schmidt, 2009).
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1960); Schmidt (2009)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Forbes (1960); Wagner (2005)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A pale, pinkish-cream colored Tiger Moth, with the black markings on the forewings reduced to narrow streaks and wedges. Based on the differences between doris and arge described by Schmidt (2009; see Species Account for arge), we are now not certain that any definite specimens of A. doris have been found in North Carolina.
Forewing Length: Mean forewing length = 21 mm (Schmidt, 2009)
Adult Structural Features: Male valves are elongate and crescentic, compared to the typically broader valves found in arge (Schmidt, 2009).
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from photos showing hindwings, abdomen, or other specialized views [e.g., frons, palps, antennae, undersides].
Immatures and Development: Larvae are grayish purple to charcoal with prominent mid-dorsal and sub-dorsal white stripes (Forbes, 1960; Wagner, 2005). Setae are generally softer than in other Apantesis. Larvae of A. arge are similar but the pale stripes are wider and the sub-dorsal lines more continuous rather than broken into separate spots, as is the case in A. doris (Forbes, 1960).
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ‚Č• 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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