There are several types of Crocus moths, and they are yellow with similar brown speckled marks. Geographic range can help narrow down species, but a physical examination is needed to really tell these close relatives apart. Because it is possible the photos in the gallery are of a different species, they may also be displayed in other Crocus moth galleries. Individuals show some variation in size of dark markings. Some have markings that are more purple than brown.
Caterpillars are twig mimics, like many Geometer moth larvae. They are green or brown and slender. When threatened, they stiffen in a way that makes them resemble a new, young twig, and this tactic hopefully fools a predator into moving on. They feed on tree leaves like elm and maple as well as shrubs like rose, goldenrod, and viburnum. One or two broods can be produced each year.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Prince Edward Is.
Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
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.