Copper and gray colors sweep across the Bent-line Carpet's wings in rippled waves.
A bend can be seen in a short line of dark colors by the edges of the wings in this moth. The Bent-line Carpet males is mostly gray while the female has darker bands of color. A series of brown, dark gray, and ivory-colored rippled lines curve around the head at the base of the wings. Another set of longer lines cross the middle of the wings, and this is where the bent line lies. A black dot sits on the gray band on each forewing. Carpet moths have cryptic coloring that makes it hard to see them when they rest on tree trunks.
Caterpillars are well-hidden among branches stems thanks to dark coloring and slender bodies. This species feeds on knotweed, smartweed, and other low-growing plants.
Scientific Name: Costaconvexa centrostrigaria
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 17mm to 23mm (0.66in to 0.90in)
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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.