The Confused Woodgrain blends in masterfully with the tree trunks it sits on.
With host plants like oak, maple, beech, birch, and elm trees, having a coat of camouflage comes in handy. The Confused Woodgrain visits all of these types of trees as part of its habitat and its young feed on their leaves. The myriad of brown, white, and black markings on the wings of the adult make it extremely difficult to find when it rests motionless on tree bark. Its pattern seem to follow the texture and pattern seen on the tree trunks. Two black dashes near the body on the inner edge help distinguish it from other types of Woodgrain moths.
Caterpillars have big orange heads. The segmented body may be a light yellow-green, brown, or black with yellow-green rings around each segment. Black dots may appear on the sides of the body. Pale lines run from head to rear along the back.
Scientific Name: Morrisonia confusa
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 22mm (0.70in to 0.86in)
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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.