2655 – Hemerophila diva

Diva Hemerophila Moth – (Riley, 1889)

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Hemerophila diva,  Diva Hemerophila Moth
Hemerophila diva,  Diva Hemerophila Moth

Adult freshly emerged from its pupa

Adult freshly emerged from its pupa

General Species Information

Host Plant: Larvae eat leaves of Ficus sps.

Historical Range: South Florida

Our Experience with this Species: This species can be abundant in Key Largo in close assosiation with Ficus trees

Notes: This is perhaps the most colorful Lepidopteran in the United States. In the correct light, the iridescent scaling is most impressive

Distribution Chart

K. Largo   Marath. Ba. Hond     B.P.K.   No Name  Sck. Isd.    K. West
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed on that island

Adult Flight Chart

  Jan.       Feb.     Mar.     Apr.    May     Jun.      Jul.       Aug.     Sep.     Oct.     Nov.     Dec.
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed in that month

References

Hemerophila diva,  Diva Hemerophila Moth
Hemerophila diva,  Diva Hemerophila Moth

Freshly emerged adults showing color variability

Hemerophila diva,  Diva Hemerophila Moth
Hemerophila diva,  Diva Hemerophila Moth

Adult freshly emerged from its pupa

Hemerophila diva,  Diva Hemerophila Moth pupa

Pupa

Freshly emerged adults

showing color variability