A quirky birthmark changes the Brown Panopoda Moth from common and drab to engaging and fabulous.
The Brown Panopoda Moth is a medium brown with a unique marking on each forewing. The marking is comprised of a single black dot and a capital 'L' with a curvy bottom. Together, these markings could make up a symbol for a person typing on a laptop; the kind one would find on wi-fi signage at airports, libraries, and cafes. The 'L' part of the mark may be small, faded, or even absent from individuals. When wings are open and spread out, two long, thin, wavy lines flow through the center and lower part of all four wings. A short thin line near the 'shoulders' does not cross the body.
Caterpillars are a bright, leafy green, and covered in tiny dots from head to rear. 'Feet' are orange. They feed on the leaves hickory trees and are believed to also eat from basswood, oak, and willow trees. Adults are in flight throughout the summer; longer in southern parts of their range. They are nocturnal and are attracted to lights at night. Look for them in parks, woodlands, and neighborhoods where host trees are growing.
Scientific Name: Panopoda carneicosta
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 38mm to 46mm (1.48in to 1.79in)
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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.