Colona Moth Haploa colona (Hübner, [1803])    Synonyms: Hodges #8108.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Erebidae   >   Genus Haploa   


Most Maryland records are from the lower Eastern Shore. There are only two records off of the Coastal Plain (Washington and Garrett Counties). We consider this moth rare in Maryland. Will come to lights, and like other members of the genus, is considered diurnal.


White wings with abundant black markings, coupled with orange hindwings, and an orange abdomen, are diagnostic field marks. White-winged forms that lack dark markings are known. Because the Clymene Moth apparently lacks a white-winged form, any Haploa with all white forewings and orange hindwings is a Colona Moth.


Like other members of the genus, Colona Moth caterpillars fed on a variety of plants including asters and other woody species.

There are 13 records in the project database.

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A Colona Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/22/2015). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Colona Moth on Assateague Island, Maryland (6/30/2013). Photo by Mike Burchett. (MBP list)

A Colona Haploa Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/12/2019). Photo by Daniel Taylor. (MBP list)

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