The Banded Olethreutes has all the colors of a bird's feces, which may keep predators from looking too closely at it.
The white band on the middle of the Banded Olethreutes may be its clearest marking. A second, pale band at the bottom of the wings may be prominent is some individuals more than others. The upper half of the wings are dark, even black, with mottled browns and flecks of white or silver. The lower part of the wings are more brown in color and streaks of olive green, white, ivory, yellow, and orange mix into a multicolored mosaic. The fringe at the bottom of the wings is brown with yellow and orange blended in. A tuft of brown hairs sit hear the furry head, which is held high.
This is a small moth, and the myriad of colors on its wings so closely resemble bird droppings that it may also be referred to as a Bird Dropping Moth. Its caterpillars feed on the leaves of poplar and willow trees, so look for adults in or near deciduous woodlands and forests.
Scientific Name: Olethreutini fasciatana
Other Name(s): Bird Dropping Moth
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 7mm to 8mm (0.27in to 0.31in)
Colors: black; yellow; white; gray; brown; green
Descriptors: middle white band; yellow bottom; olive green; silver; black upper body; multicolored; two light bands; flying; small
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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.