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yellow-collared scape moth

yellow-collared scape moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
Photo © Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Features and Behaviors

The wingspan of this moth is between one and one-eighth and one and one-half inches. The collar is a conspicuous shade of orange. The forewing is dark brown or black. The hindwing has a large translucent section.

The yellow-collared scape moth can be found statewide in Illinois. It lives in open fields, wet prairies and on the banks of streams and lakes. Adults feed on nectar. Larvae eat a variety of grasses and sedges. Adults are active from May through October.

Illinois Range


​Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera 

Family: Erebidae

Illinois Status

​common, native

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