The Clymene Moth - Black & Yellow Moth with a Cross
Sometimes I am blessed to find a beautiful creature in my own backyard.  Such was the case with the Clymene Moth.  He was such a lovely creature that I simply had to take his picture to share with the world.

The black cross he bears on his wings is almost spiritually symbolic. It immediately reminded me of a crusaders cross. Perhaps more so because the shape of the resting wings resembles a shield.

I felt I was being visited by an important messenger.  His message may have been nothing more than a reminder to stop and look at the unique beauty around us, but I felt blessed.

Facts About the Clymene Moth 

Scientific Name:  Haploa Clymene

  • Classification Tribe:  Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
  • Wingspan:  1 1/2 - 2 inches
  • Lives in Deciduous Wooded Areas / Forest or close-by 
  • Larvae eats plants that are poisonous to humans (Ageratina altissima and Eupatorium
  • Larvae (caterpillar) overwinter and eat willow, peach and oak tree
  • Adult Moth Life:  Early Spring to Late Summer  (My photo was taken in July)
  • Mostly Found in Eastern United States ranging from Florida all the way up to Quebec, Canada

Photos of the Clymene Moth by Sylvestermouse 

Both Photos Taken July, 2015 with a black cross on back

Attract Moths to Your Backyard

We all attract moths to our backyards by simply turning on a back porch light.  However, if you would like to do a bit of moth-watching, there is a way to attract them when you desire their company.  Oh, and be sure you have your camera ready.

Recipe for Moth Appeal

  • 1 or 2 overripe bananas 
  • 1 cup brown sugar 
  • 6 ounces of stale beer 

Stir the ingredients together until well-blended.  Let warm at room temperature.  It is actually best, but not necessary, if left for several days under a breathable cloth.  (like a sour dough bread recipe)

When ready, simply brush the mixture on the trunk of a tree and wait for your "friends" to arrive.

Learn More about Moths

 The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Butterflies and Moths: A Natural History and Identification GuideCheck Price


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  1. What a beautiful moth! I don't think I've ever seen one like it. The recipe for Moth Appeal is certainly interesting. What a good idea to set up an area to photograph beautiful creatures like this one!

  2. I've never seen a moth like this one. Thanks for introducing me to a new creature to appreciate.

  3. It's a beauty for sure. I love the markings on his back. Great Books too.

  4. I have one that loves to land on my steps almost every year. I never bother it but haven't seen it in a while in Mississippi.

  5. Literally ive had one hanging around my house today. I seen it earlier , then i just noticed it on my car . They are simply amazing

  6. Just found this beauty on my porch . It has been here for 3 days now.

  7. I just saw one today! It was beautiful ๐Ÿ˜

  8. On July 12 2021, I saw one on my flower pot of hen and chicks. I did take a picture.

  9. I saw mine today around 10am. How joyful it made me feel๐Ÿ’–

  10. I saw mine today. How joyful I felt ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’–


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