A tight array of squiggly lines crosses the wings of the Cherry Scallop Shell Moth. This gives the moth a resemblance to the ruffled casing around the mollusk it is named after. The zigzag lines are dark brown, white, ivory, and golden brown.
Caterpillars feed on azalea, meadowsweet, and willow leaves as well as cherry trees. Two broods can be produced each year. It has a bright orange head and a black body with yellowish- white lines running down the ‘back’. The lower sides and belly are yellow or yellow-green. A trio of small black dots forms triangular points on each side segment. The feeding behavior on leaves results in red-brown dying foliage. While generally not significant, if a tree is heavily infested and experiences other stresses like extreme weather, it could die. Events like this are rare, however, so the moth still elicits curiosity from most observers.
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.