Long, narrow lines on the wings of the Adjutant Wainscot Moth mirror the slats on beadboard.
The Adjutant Wainscot Moth is brown with shades of gray on the lower part of the wings. Thin, ivory stripes run down the length of both forewings with a circular nexus, or meeting point, in the center. The narrow spacing between the stripes resembles wainscot paneling, or beadboard, often seen on the bottom half of walls in Victorian homes and bathrooms. Two columns of tiny black dots straddle the hairy thorax. Each wing has black dots that almost form a ring when both wings are open flat; one dot sits right in the center of the nexus.
The caterpillar is light brown and fleshy. Small black dots form a row on each lower side of the body. Its preferred food source is not known. The medium-sized moth can be found in the eastern part of the continent from spring through autumn.
Scientific Name: Leucania adjuta
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 20mm (0.70in to 0.78in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.