Question of the Week – Giant Leopard Moth

Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia).

Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia).
Zack Snipes, ©2024, Clemson Extension

This Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia) was found on my grill cover as I went to cook some dinner one night last week. This is by far my favorite moth due to its striking appearance. These moths are common across South Carolina and have at least two generations per year. The larval form of this moth is commonly referred to as the giant wooly bear due to its black wooly appearance. They feed on a wide range of plants and should not be considered a pest for a grower or homeowner. This is a magnificent species to pin in a collection or to get children interested in insects.

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