Red and Black Tigers and their Kin

of the New England Region 

Family:  Erebidae   

(tigers, tussocks, underwings, fruit piercers, litter moths) 

Subfamily:  Arctiinae   

(tiger moths, wasp moths, and lichen moths)

Tribe: Arctiini   

(tiger moths and the tiger moth tussocks)


Subtribe:  Arctiina

(red and black tigers)

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Presented by Sam Jaffe and The Caterpillar Lab. 

The following resources were used in the creation of these galleries: 

• Samuel Jaffe original photographs and associated Life History Notes.

• David Wagner accounts from "The Caterpillars of Eastern North America"

Moth Photographer's Group range maps


Apantesis virgo

Virgin Tiger 


Apantesis virguncula 

Little Virgin Tiger 


Apantesis phalerata 

Harnessed Tiger 

Apantesis arge

Arge Tiger 


Apantesis figurata 

Figured Tiger 

Apantesis figurata 

Figured Tiger 

Other New England Arctiina species not yet represented here

• Arctia caja (Garden Tiger)

• Arctia parthenos  (St. Lawrence Tiger Moth)

• Apantesis nais  (Nais Tiger Moth)

Apantesis anna  (Anna Tiger Moth)

Apantesis phyllira  (Phyllira Tiger Moth) 

Apantesis parthenice  (Parthenice Tiger Moth)

Apantesis doris  (Doris Tiger Moth)

• Genus Virbia

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The Caterpillar Lab fosters greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects. We believe that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built.

© 2015 CATERPILLAR LAB INC.  With original artwork by Heather Reid and Samuel Jaffe


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