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  • Boxwood Leaftier Moth - (Galasa nigrinodis)

    Boxwood Leaftier Moth - (Galasa nigrinodis)

    Boxwood Leaftier Moths have unusually tufted legs and a shape like plant bugs, giving observers good reason to take a closer look.

    Staff Writer (8/1/2017): 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.

    Adults have large tufts of hair in the middle of their legs (at the 'knees'). They lay their wings flat when resting, but their long legs may still be visible allowing the observer a glimpse at its profile. The stance and shape of the wings resemble that of plant bugs. Two orange patches at the base of each forewing somewhat mimic the coloring of certain Leaf-footed, Seed, and Largid plant bugs. Though boxwood plants are not native to North America, this native moth has heartily adopted the bush and made it an integral part of its life cycle.

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    Boxwood Leaftier Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Boxwood Leaftier Moth
    Scientific Name: Galasa nigrinodis
    Other Names: Boxwood Webworm

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 8mm to 11mm (0.31in to 0.43in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, orange, white

    Additional Descriptors: flying, standing, bent, hairy, furry, patches

    North American 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

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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