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 brown gradient 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.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Note: 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 as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Prince Edward Is.
Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
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.