This incredible species is just one of Eastern North America's many beautiful tiger moths. It has a widespread distribution ranging from southern Ontario all the way down to Mexico and perhaps beyond. However, that is not to say it is found as frequently as some of our other species.
I manage to visit the "wilds" of Southern Illinois at least once or twice a summer depending on funds. When I have encountered the species I always seem to only find males and more often than not they are nearly always in poor shape with extensive scale loss.
On this one visit though I came across a fairly fresh gravid female which scarcely had much time to lay her eggs. She remains a very much cherished specimen for the rarity of her occurrence.