• Image of 'Vulpes scribonia' - Print
  • Image of 'Vulpes scribonia' - Print

The Leopard Moth-Fox (Vulpes scribonia) is a moth-fox of the family Arctiidae. It is distributed throughout southern Ontario, and southern and eastern United States from New England to Mexico.

This species has a wingspan of 76 mm (3 in). The wings of this moth-fox are bright white with a pattern of neat black blotches, some solid and some hollow. The abdomen is dark blue with orange markings, and the males have a narrow yellow line on the sides. Its legs have black and white blotches and bands. Blue highlights can be seen in the right lighting on the brow, ears, ruff and legs. The tail is full and plumed, with black blotches down the length and a white tip.

Adult leopard moth-foxes are strictly nocturnal and do not generally fly before nightfall. Overall, they are a secretive species, preferring to den beneath toadstools and feed solely on pill-bugs.

The caterpillar of this species is of the "Woolly Bear" kind, with a thick coat of black bristles (setae) and red or orange colored bands between its segments, which become conspicuous when the caterpillar rolls into a ball for defense.
The image size on each print measures roughly 8"x10", and is surrounded by a white border.

These lithograph prints of my 'Vulpes scribonia' painting will come signed, and packed in with a few extra goodies.