A narrow row of golden brown tufts of hair sit nestled between the pale wings of the Brown-hooded Owlet.
Brown-hooded Owlets have tall, pale hairs over the head that are tipped with brown. This 'hood' almost resembles a mohawk hairstyle. Brown clusters of hair protrude from the center of the body, popping up between the wings. Overall, the moth is a pale brown, but it darkens in the outer, lower corners of the forewings. The gradient of brown shifts across the wing in a way that almost makes it streaky. This moth is also called a Brown-bordered Owlet. Three tiny dark brown dots sit in the paler region of each wing.
The colorful caterpillar is also called a Calico Paint caterpillar. It has a glossy black head with yellow lines and marks on it. A deep orange line centered between pinstripe yellow lines runs down the 'back'. The sides of the caterpillar have short yellow and white lines, with a horizontal red line along the bottom by the legs. This larva feeds on aster and goldenrod.
Scientific Name: Cucullia convexipennis
Other Name(s): Brown-bordered Cucullia; Brown-bordered Owlet; Calico Paint Caterpillar
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 22mm to 27mm (0.86in to 1.05in)
Colors: brown; ivory
Descriptors: brown tuft; mohawk; pale; flying; streaks
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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.