Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Wingspan 3.6 cm. Forewing is brown; hindwing is brown along outer margin; body is black with an orange-yellow collar behind the head. This arctiid is common and widely distributed in western North America. Moths fly during the day in summer. Caterpillars occur in wet conifer grasslands feeding on foliage of grasses, sedges, and rushes.
Similar species: Ctenucha rubroscapus (Arctiidae) wings solid black with white margins, head and front edge of thorax red, abdomen metallic blue, moths fly during the day in wet meadows where caterpillars feed on grasses and sedges.