Subject: bug ID
Location: Herndon, Fairfax County, Virginia
July 3, 2012 9:41 am
I saw this moth-like bug on the trellis of my mandevilla vine. I thought it had very unusual markings. Can you ID. In the meantime, I’ve named it ”Crusader Moth”.
Signature: shutter bug
Dear shutter bug,
As much as we love the name you have coined, Crusader Moth, the true common name for Haploa clymene is the Clymene Moth. Your name is a nice reference to the graphic markings on the wings and their similarity to the heraldic symbols used by crusaders.