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Red costate tiger moth (Aloa lactinea)

Red costate tiger moth (Aloa lactinea) is an animal species in the Erebidae, a moth with a wingspan of 40 mm, a yellow belly, black antennae with red basalt joints, dark red palpi on the sides and white below, black terminal joints, living in forests and agriculture in the lowlands to mountainous areas.

A. lactinea has a white head with a red stripe on the back. Thorax is white. The wings are predominantly white in color with black dots on each corner of the cells and a red margin. The wings have branched pulse lines and a starchy surface.

Dlium Red costate tiger moth (Aloa lactinea)

The wing-covered upper abdomen is black with large elliptical plots and is colored yellow forming cells. The lower abdomen is white and has fine hairs that fall out easily.

A pair of antennas is black. The forelegs are red, white and black. The other legs are white on the top and black on the bottom. The final joints are white and black which form alternating rings. Tip and sole black all over.

The larvae are black in color with a lateral crest of reddish brown hair. A series of red spots on the lower back. Series of dark spots on the back, sub-back and lateral.

Red costate tiger moths live in primary and secondary forests, agricultural land in the lowlands to mountains. Caterpillars eat a variety of leaves including castor, coffee, hemp, peanuts, teak, yeast, sunflower, corn, sweet potatoes and nuts.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Arctiinae
Tribe: Arctiini
Subtribe: Spilosomina
Genus: Aloa
Species: Aloa lactinea
Form: Aloa lactinea f. lactinea, Aloa lactinea f. negrita



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