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Scarlet-bodied Wasp Moth 

Cosmosoma myrodora Dyar, 1907

Tiger Moth Family Arctiidae


Scarlet-bodied Wasp Moth - Cosmosoma myrodora

Port O'Connor, Calhoun Co., TX
25 October 2006 (P Hockey)


Scarlet-bodied Wasp Moth - Cosmosoma myrodora

Anahuac NWR, Chambers Co., TX
8 October 2006 (Janet Rathjen) 

Texas County Records for Cosmosoma myrodora

Texas County Records for Cosmosoma myrodora

Plus Cameron and Hidalgo Counties in so. TX and Angelina and Liberty Counties in east TX


Southeastern states, primarily in Florida but also (generally near the coast) from South Carolina to Texas.

Flight Period: April to December, most records September to November (Brou 2003)

Larval Host: Climbing Hempweed, Mikania scandens, family Asteraceae - USDA Plants Database

Remarks: Occurs abundantly at ultra-violet light traps in Louisiana (Brou 2003)

Similar Species: 

Cosmosoma festivum, which has only once been recorded in s. Florida and s. Texas
Cosmosoma teuthras
Other congeners occur south of the border.

Photos: Moth Photographers Group


A gift of poison: moths and safe sex - Wake Forest University 
Butterflies and Moths of North America

Photos: BugGuide.Net

MovieCosmosoma myrodora movie - Wake Forest University 

Etymology: myrodora

myro (G.) Ointment, perfume
dora (G.) A hide, skin


Borror, D.J. 1960. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms. National Press Books, Palo Alto. v + 134 pp.

Brou, Jr., V.A. 2003. Cosmosoma myrodora Dyar in Louisiana. Southern Lepidopterists News 25: 46.

Conner, W.E , R. Boada, F.C. Schroeder., A. Gonząlez, J. Meinwald, & T. Eisner. 2000. Chemical defense: bestowal of a nuptial alkaloidal garment by a male moth upon its mate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 97(26): 14406-14411.

Dyar, H.G. 1907. New American Lepidoptera. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 15(1): 226-234.

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