Good times to observe
The clymene moth has a boldly patterned forewing and an orange-yellow hindwing. The forewing is cream-colored with a partial dark brown border that extends inward as a spur from the inner margin near the anal angle. When the wings are folded the borders and spurs combine to appear in a “t” or sword shape. The hindwing has 1 or 2 dark brown spots near the anal angle. The wingspan is 4-5.5 inches.
DuPage County Notes
DuPage County is near the northern edge of this distinctive, day-active tiger moth’s range. Eupatorium species, oaks and willows are among the hosts for the caterpillars.