Utetheisa bella (L)
27 June 2004 (Roadside, Hwy 98 near Panama City, Fl)
Courtesy George Griffin, Loxley, Alabama
September 11, 2009
Identification Covell, Moths of Eastern North America, Page 63. Rattlebox Tiger Moth is also known as Bella Moth, Art-Deco Moth, and Calico Moth.
The wing pattern is variable but distinctive. This is the only moth in our area with a pink and yellow forewing marked with rows of white-ringed black spots. The hindwing is pink with an uneven black border. The caterpillar host plants are legumes of all kinds; crotalaria, lespedeza, and lupines, elm trees, fireweed, plum and sweetgale.
The following images are provided courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida, December 10, 2007.