My husband and I found this moth one evening this summer and then over the next two weeks there were tons of them. They were our constant companions as we enjoyed our deck after dark. It has a creamy yellow back edged with black and a black pattern on the wings that looks like a fleur-de-lis or a sword. The underside is a deep rich orange. Any idea what it is?
The common name for Haploa clymene is the Clymene Moth. According to Holland, there is much confusion in the classification of this genus due to variations in the amounts of black and white on the wings. Your moth, however, is a constant species which ranges from New England to Georgia and westward to the Missisippi. One of the food plants is willow. It is a member of the Tiger Moth family Arctiidae.