Small in size, but not in looks, the Diminutive Wave is about half the size of other Waves in its genus. There is some variation in color intensity among individuals, but they all have the same pattern. This moth tends to rest with its wings open flat, which allows observers to see the hindwings’ yellow ‘eyes’ against the dark brown forewings. Shades of pink or red may also make up part of these simple eyespots. A dark brown ‘pupil’ on each hindwing may be slightly covered by the larger forewings.
The species name refers to the scintillating, or sparkling sheen on the wings that requires just the right angle of light to reveal. Look for the tiny Diminutive Wave east of the Mississippi River where its range spans most of the eastern states.
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.