The Common Spring Moth is one of the earliest moths of a new year. It is active during the months of March, April, and May, though moths in cooler northern states may fly into summer months. The moth has a thick black-brown border around all of its wings. A large white patch on the leading edge of the wing points down into the wing, and a second white patch is in on the inner edge. Hindwings also have white above the dark border. When all of its wings are spread flat and open, the overall appearance is that of a white moth with a dark border. Its body is dark.
A frequent sight in its range, this small moth is a day-flying moth that might be mistaken for a butterfly because of its bold colors and pattern. Caterpillars feed on black locust and honey locust trees.
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
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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.