The Dimorphic Tosale moths come in a two different color schemes: one for males, one for females.
Dimorphism is a characteristic that denotes a physical difference between the sexes of living things beyond reproductive parts. This could mean different body shape, size, color, or even a combination of such differences. In the case of the Dimorphic Tosale, the variation is color. Males are brown with a dark brown almond-shaped patch on each forewing. These patches look like a pair of eyes when wings are open and flat. Males also have an overall pinkish hue. The overall color of a female is a pale shade of gray. Females have the same almond-shaped patches, but their color is more black than brown. In some individual moths, these patches are deep, mossy green. Both genders tend to curl the tip of the abdomen upward while laying the wings down flat when resting. When seen from above in this resting position, the combination of the dark-colored 'eyes' on the wings and the abdomen tip resemble the face of a raccoon. All Dimorphic Tosale Moths have hairy legs and white 'feet'.
The food plant and details about early life stages of the Dimorphic Tosale are not known. Adults are active during the summer and are common in eastern parts of the continent.
Scientific Name: Tosale oviplagalis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 17mm (0.51in to 0.66in)
Colors: brown, white, gray, pink, green
Descriptors: raccoon, eyes, dark patches, goggles, almond-shaped, flying
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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.