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Boxwood Leaftier Moth (Galasa nigrinodis)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Boxwood Leaftier Moth, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 2/9/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Boxwood Leaftier Moth  
Picture of Boxwood-Leaftier-Moth
Picture of Boxwood-Leaftier-Moth Picture of Boxwood-Leaftier-Moth

Boxwood Leaftier Moths have unusually tufted legs and a curious posture, leaving observers to wonder what they are actually looking at.

Adult Boxwood Leaftier Moths have large tufts of black, brown and white hairs on the middle of their legs (at the 'knees'). Forewings are brown with a white curved line running across the center. Orange patches color the upper part of the forewing near the head, coloring seen in certain Leaf-footed, Seed, and Largid plant bugs. They lay their wings flat when resting, but their long legs may still be visible allowing the observer a glimpse at its strange profile where its head is elevated above the rest of the body. Its body stance and wing shape also resemble that of plant bugs.

Though boxwood plants are not native to North America, this native moth has heartily adopted the bush as a host plant and made it an integral part of its life cycle. Boxwood Leaftier Moths are typically found near boxwood shrubs, their host plant. Females lay fertilized eggs on the plant and the larvae feed on its leaves as they grow and develop. Caterpillar silk is used to tie off leaves to dry them out after which they consume the remains.

Picture of the Boxwood Leaftier Moth
Picture of the Boxwood Leaftier Moth

Boxwood Leaftier Moth Information

Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common Name: Boxwood Leaftier Moth
Scientific Name: Galasa nigrinodis
Other Name(s): Boxwood Webworm

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Lepidoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Pyralidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Galasa
       Arrow graphic Species: nigrinodis

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 8 mm to 11 mm (0.312 inches to 0.429 inches)
Identifying Colors: brown, orange, white
Additional Descriptors: flying, standing, slanted, bent, hairy, furry, patches

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that 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. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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